“A portrait of my child once a week, every week, in 2016”
This one (pictured here admiring himself in the mirror post-bath) has been more than a little bit challenging this past week.
He has been seeming super grumpy, which is totally unlike him – quick to get tearful and to lash out, and extra clingy at the same time. He had a cold that lingered for ages, but I’m sure there’s something else going on.
Tonight he started chewing on his hands, and told me that his teeth hurt at the back of his mouth, so maybe it’s his molars.
Or maybe he’s just levelling up again – it definitely feels that way as I watch him learn and play.
Or maybe it’s a bit of all three.
Whatever the reason, it’s been a real test of our parenting strategies, and our commitment to using gentle and respectful techniques to help him grow.
I think we’ve just about managed to hold our course…