Don't be fooled by those mesmerising eyes or that cute button nose. He can be pure evil sometimes. Well, not really. He just has a hard time handling his emotions for a 6 year old. I've been reading a lot about it and it can be quite common with 5 to 6 year old boys (and girls for that matter). They have a hard time recognising their emotions and feelings and act up like they're having a 2 year old tantrum. It can become very tiring, especially on my own.
I try everything. Catching him before it escalates, time out, rewards, deep breathing, a kind approach, distraction. You name it. One morning last week culminated in being dragged to school, this time in his clothes. (There was a time recently he was dragged in his pyjamas.) It is so, so draining. The next morning he went off to school fine and I decided to reward him (and his sister, for different reasons) with an 'awesome' award (and cake).
I decided to also whip up a quick batch of small cupcakes but didn't want to use the small amount of butter I had left so tried it with coconut oil instead. The cakes turned out beautifully with a delicate, light crumb and the faintest taste of coconut. I made the cakes in heart shaped moulds and topped with vanilla buttercream sprinkled with jelly crystals.
I haven't had too much trouble since. He is definitely getting better and able to calm down if he gets upset or can't get his own way. I don't want him to suppress his anger or not let me know he's angry. He's just got to keep it under control. I think both of my kids are pretty awesome most of the time. Sometimes I think I just need to remind them.
Now to work on his sister, the drama queen!
Plain Cupcakes (made with coconut oil)
- 60g coconut oil (or butter or margarine)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup self raising flour
- 1/4 cup milk
- Mix oil and sugar together.
- Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
- Add flour and milk and mix lightly until incorporated.
- Spoon mixture into cake moulds or cupcake papers.
- Bake in a 170 deg C oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.
- Top with your favourite icing and sprinkles.