Over the summer, Alex has been having increasing trouble with following directions without complaining and with staying with his designated adult. I suspect the problem is the disrupted schedule (and possibly with the camps he attended, where they may not have required him to be hand-in-hand with someone).
But it means that I have no room to wiggle when it comes to expectations. He's been quite upset at not earning his screentime for the last few days since he's been verbally protesting and whining. And he's been trying to snap my fingers off when holding my hand.
A lot of his difficulties probably stem from the upcoming transition. It's big and scary and very overwhelming for him. But it's making the final weeks of summer pretty unpleasant for the rest of us.