On Sunday, I had to call an abort on Alex's Easter celebrations. He'd been in a difficult and boundary-ignoring mood all day, probably due to a poor night's sleep. Lots of verbal protests and screaming at us. After we'd been at my parents' house for less than an hour, he bolted away three times while we took Icon out to a park. After the second, he'd been warned that if he did it again, we would go home. Less than five minutes later, he did it again.
I drove Dave, Icon and Alex home and then came back to finish dinner with Nathan and my parents.
It's been awhile since I had to take Alex home early from my parents. Usually, even if he's having trouble, he pulls it together so he can stay. This time, he was so blatantly escalating that I'm wondering if he wanted to go home and figured this was the best way to do it. Dave said that he was considerably calmer and better behaved once they got back to the house.
If that's true, it's a little troubling because he effectively threw a tantrum and got what he wanted. So we'll have to keep an eye out to see if there are more tantrums. Which will be hard because his behaviour has been more difficult throughout this year.
It's exhausting dealing with the tantrums, though I was pleased that I didn't have to justify my decision to take him home to my parents. I was braced for the usual analyze and protests that it's such a shame that he has to miss a special event, but it didn't happen. It's nice to all be on the same side.