I’m really struggling with Gavin and these meltdowns. They happen anytime he is held accountable for his actions. I’m to the point where I feel like I have to choose between disciplining Gavin and putting the entire Lost and Tired family through one of his meltdowns.
Tonight was no exception.
Gavin went into the kitchen and on his way he just shoved his way through those of us standing there and he almost stepped on the puppy.
I pulled him aside to talk to him about what he did and why he shouldn’t do that. He basically ignored me because he was to worried about getting back and watching TV. So as he blew me off and went back upstairs, I told him that he was to go shut his TV off.
That’s all it took to send him stomping up the stairs and into his room. He was literally shaking the ceiling with each successive slam of each foot into the floor.
I called him down and told him that he was going to have oatmeal. That is the only thing that works with him. It’s a very long story that if you have been following me for awhile, you likely already know.
My whole point with talking to Gavin was to help him understand that he has to pay attention to what’s going on around him. He can’t just shoved his way through people like they aren’t there. He needs to learn these things and it’s my job to teach it to him. Lucky me…
Anyway, he launched into a meltdown that sent Elliott and Emmett scrambling for safety.
I’m so sick of having to go through this every time Gavin is held accountable for his actions. He is starting to self-injure again and that can’t be allowed to continue. I’m not sure what to do about this but I do know that Gavin cannot be allowed to dictate what happens through his behaviors.
This is a longer video than I would normally post. The reason I did this is because I want people to see what a meltdown can be like. I also want to share how I manage situations like this. I don’t always say or do the right thing in these situations but there aren’t any instructions and no one to guide you through.
[youtube width=”720″ height=”480″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_pED0rm5-k[/youtube]