Lately we've returned to the rollercoaster of rages and calmness and I've no idea what the triggers may be. One recent episode arose from me putting money in Missy's moneybox which had been lying around on her bedroom floor. As I was crouched down, she thumped me hard on the back and it bloody hurt. The rage lasted 10 minutes then it was over, quickly as it started. Another because, following a two minute fringe cut at the hairdressers, she wasn't offered a lollipop by the stylist as she often is. Outside the salon her face had anger and disappointment written all over it. I empathised and showed her I understood why but her volume in the car was turned up max and continued back in the house. I offered her something at home but it wasn't good enough and the rage lasted another 10 minutes before she was distracted by her crochet.
My Mum showed her how to crochet a few weekends ago, starting with a simple stitch and a chain. By Sunday she had, all by herself (because I have no clue) knitted a small hat fit for a doll complete with bobble on top! This week she wanted to crochet her own pin cushion in the shape of an apple. Up until yesterday morning she'd happily been crocheting an ever-expanding circle of red wool then I came back from the gym (#takingcare) and an apple shaped appeared before me. She stuffed it and closed it up all by herself plus crocheted small green leaves on top. I was pretty much speechless, gobsmacked. This talent for crochet is one thing sure to keep her calm and engaged. It also shows me she is able to think about things, find a solution and execute it - because believe me I'd have no idea how to have crocheted that apple, let alone the leaves and attach them. We need to seriously nurture this talent and think how school can also use this creative strength.
Back in November the GP referred us to CAMHS after I talked to her about my anxiety and Missy's behaviour. Two weeks ago the appointment came through and we are seeing them soon. I've no idea what to expect at the first appointment and sometimes I think, when Missy is laughing, loving, singing Gold at the top of her voice in the car and doing her crochet, that I'm over-reacting, but after a lovely chat with a man from the NHS who phoned for the initial triage, I realised that, no, I am not. He took Missy's behaviour very seriously and I wanted to give him a massive hug. Just having the chat with this man helped. So, we shall see what the appointment brings, if anything. I read so much from others that CAMHS are as useful as a chocolate teapot but I'll reserve judgement until we've seen them.
I've had a break recently from the usual parenting books and have been reading autobiographies (the Kemps, who else! - the concert was brilliant by the way) but today I'm back on the parenting book "Why Can't My Child Behave" by Dr Amber Elliott. I like this one because in so many ways it is describing Missy and I can relate to many of the case histories. I ploughed through quite a lot this morning and have bookmarked many pages to highlight to Daddy later on. This book in particular explains a lot of why a child might be behaving in this way which is so helpful in relation to their background - some things I understand but others ideas I hadn't considered as yet. Daddy and I need to revisit some of the strategies we have learnt over the last couple of years and also put into practice some of the ideas from this book. Unfortunately we've been guilty of using too much reward-punishment stuff lately.
In other news, physio is definitely helping my hip and I'm feeling quite excited at the thought of running again (I really want to a do a triathlon, though it probably doesn't help that I sold my bike). In the garden, the potatoes are in, the tomatoes are coming up and I've planned the seeds to be sown.
OK, back to the book and planning for the forthcoming Easter holidays. Did someone mention chocolate?