Ok, I've been over thinking this for the last 3 days and I am literally at my wits end.
My beautiful, energetic, lively 5 y/o is driving me nuts. And I need some reassurance that it's not just me, it's normal, and he'll be ok! LOL! And maybe some advice on how to handle this.
He just started playing t-ball 2 weeks ago. My worst fears are coming true and I'm stuck in the middle of my husband and my in-laws.
I felt like it was too early to enroll him. My MIL had him enrolled before he even actually was-she was telling everyone and calling us and asking us questions about practices and games. He is in it FOR their enjoyment. My husband and I thought he needed to be a little more mature.
My fears: he was going to end up being "that" kid. The one who no one wants to play with because he 's the loudest, the most energetic, the most ANNOYING. He CAN NOT (for whatever reason) keep his hands to himself. He pokes, prods, touches, hits, kicks, OMG-everything he isn't supposed to. He seems to enjoy the game, when he's actually engaged in it....but when it comes to standing in line, waiting his turn, or playing outfield and waiting for a ball, he's all over the place. He even poked the coach in his face when the coach was trying to tell him to "stay put". The kids don't want him to be around them because he will try to play tag or start chasing them or talks to them or pokes them or touches them. It's torture for me to sit in the stands and watch him. I have pulled him off to the side, explained to him the rules BEFORE and AFTER we leave the field, and STILL, he insists on TESTING every single person on the field.
And all the while, my overly watchful FIL is sitting on my left shoulder watching. You have no idea, this man is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO opinionated. And in his opinion, my child is going to end up a juvenile deliquent because he doesn't 'listen'. I think it's normal stuff for a 5 y/o. FIL is an extremist and raised his children to fear him; not their consequences. My son is strong-willed. He has a great heart and is very smart and will do MOST of what he is told to do. But when it comes to something he doesn't want to do...boy watch out...one of the most DEFIANT people I know!
I'm stuck. I am dreading tomorrow nights practice for the shear fact that I don't want to be "tortured" again; sitting in the bleachers while he annoys everyone in arms reach of him.