Parents Once Again by Donna Ridge
Well, it happened. My grandson had one of his hissy fits or as they are known by today, meltdown in public. We were at a fast food restaurant. He likes to use the tray for his food. I had nuggets the same as he did. I poured honey on the corner of the paper liner far away from his food. He freaked. He cannot stand anything touching his food. So I folded the paper over. He said take the paper completely off. I did, but he was still not happy.
He loudly yelled at me, pushed his food across the tray and said “You eat it”. The man at the table in front of us said “Don’t talk to your mother like that. “I said “Grandmother” at which point my grandson got up and walked out. The place was packed, but no one else seemed to have heard. The man assured me that my grandson would come back. I was stunned and tired so I just sat there debating whether to pick everything up and leave or let it play out.
Finally, the man got up and went out the door to look. He assured me that my grandson was okay. At this point I knew that if I went out there there would be a bigger scene so I stayed put. My grandson came in sat down and ate his food. When the man left he stood by him and told him to respect me. In the car we had a discussion and he went to his room to think about it.
Did I handle the situation right? Should I have excused his behavior as part of his autism?
I have been reading a book “HAVE A NEW KID BY FRIDAY” by Dr. Kenneth Leman. Things are so different today. Years ago with his father, who knew better than to do that, would have been dealt with on the spot.
I have to learn a new way of doing things. How about you?