Friday, September 21, 2007

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Tantrums

Apparently, a major element of the transition from preschool to kindergarten is a marked increase in temper tantrums. At least, that's the way it seems in our house. However, JR's tantrums, while occasionally sparked by peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut horizontally rather than diagonally, or no clean superhero underpants in the dresser drawer, most often repeat the same theme, which I find oddly heartwarming. We have been reading Harry Potter. In fact, tonight, we finished Book 2. Each night, we read one chapter. Each night, the end of the chapter coincides with a full-blown temper tantrum. "Read one more chapter." "Please, just one more chapter." "Read! Please read! Just one more page, I'm begging you." "Read, Mommy, please. Read!" And with tears streaming down his face and the plea "Please Read!" on his lips, my little Muggle falls soundly asleep

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