Emmett totally freaked out on me today and I’m have no idea what to do :(

Emmett had a really rough day and it broke my heart to see how far it went. 

I don’t know what all is going on with him but he’s become quite obstinate lately and that’s very much out of character for him. 

I’ll focus on the one situation today that has me the most baffled. 

The boys spent some time with my parents because I needed to run some errands in the morning.  When I was done, we all hung out at my parent’s house and watched some of the Ohio State game. 

On the way home, we stopped at the grocery store and I was very careful how I handled this because of previous issues with Emmett.

Here’s what happened. 

I told the boys we were going to stop at Giant Eagle and grab a few things.  Emmett wanted clarification on what a few things meant.

I explained that a few things usually means 3 things, at least usually. 

Emmett wants to know how many things we’re going to get before going into the store.  I don’t know what the reason is because he won’t or can’t say but it could simply be a control thing.  Perhaps he just wants to estimate how long it’s going to take? I really don’t know. 

I told him that we needed to get Greek Yogurt, grape juice and frozen blueberries. He was fine with that. 

We grabbed the juice and on the way to the yogurt, we passed the chicken breast and I grabbed a package, putting it into the cart in one fluid movement.  I didn’t even stop walking, so it literally didn’t take anymore time. 

I told him that I was adding the chicken to the list but that was it.

I grabbed two bags of frozen fruit and moved on.

Our final stop was the dairy aisle and I grabbed 2 large containers of Greek Yogurt.  I asked the boys if they wanted some small containers of Greek yogurt and they all said yes. 

Emmett’s beginning to get anxious and we headed for the check out. 

During the check out, Emmett became very obstinate and refused to listen.  He kept saying, quite loudly, that I never do what I say I’m going to do and that I never tell him the truth.

I tied to calm him down but he wasn’t having it. 

He began yelling at me because I put chicken breast in the cart and we hadn’t discussed getting chicken breast. Then he was mad because I ended up with physically more than 3 items in the cart. 

I explained that we got the juice, frozen fruit, yogurt and the only extra thing was the chicken. 

He didn’t like that I bought more than one container of yogurt because that not what I told him we were getting. 

After ringing out, Emmett refused to leave the store and was actually blocking the register for the next person. 

He said he would never leave with me and my response was simply okay, I love you.

The other boys and I walked away and then back around so I could approach him from a different direction.  As soon as I was out of sight, he was getting nervous but I never lost sight of him. 

I calmly approached him and reached out for his hand and he yelled, don’t touch me, don’t you dare touch me..

He’s never done anything like this before.  Emmett is the absolute sweetest kid and something wasn’t right. 

I explained that we could do this the easy way or the hard way. 


I told him that I’d like to just hold his hand and walk to the car together but I’m also more than happy to carry him out of the store kicking and screaming if I need to. 

At that point he retreated between two pop machines and between two checkouts.  He was back in the power cords for everything and I was concerned about him getting hurt.

So the hard way it was. 

I pulled him out and picked him up, carrying him out of the store and to the car.  He wasn’t happy and I know there’s something going on but I have to draw the line somewhere. 

He screamed at me the whole way home because I had the audacity to buy chicken when we agreed that it was only going to be juice, frozen fruit and yogurt.  He also made sure I knew he was unhappy that I bought more than the one yogurt and one bag of frozen fruit. 

His yelling at me led to Elliott crying.  I never yelled but I did have to increase the volume of my voice.

Anyway, it took awhile but I calmed Emmett down and we sorta resolved the situation.  A plan was briefly discussed about how I should handle a situation like this in the future.

The whole never doing what I say thing was all about grocery shopping.  He feels like I’m lying to him if I get more groceries than I tell him we’re going to get, even if I happen to forget we need something until I see it. 

So yeah, it’s been that kind of day and I was only going on roughly 2 hours of sleep.

Any or your kids this sensitive?

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