Ok I am putting this out there but please don't body slam me!!
I have had a few people tell me in the past few weeks that I need to remember that my son is only 5. It stemmed from me getting upset that he didn't understand something which I thought he would. He is a smart'ish boy, great conversationalist and has a good grasp of language and context (he's not gifted or anything, he falls down in other areas but is good at talking A LOT).
He won't play on his own - always needs me or DH to play with him, would often rather the TV on than play outside and often complains of being tired (he goes to bed at 7.30 and is up generally around 7am). I find this not playing on his own extremely tiring and wearing. My DD also won't play on her own (2yo) and they don't really play together so it's all a bit much for me some days.
Sorry, off track a bit. I think I expect too much of my son, my DH and my Mum think I forget that he is just 5 and though he has the words he doesn't necessarily understand the concept and that I need to lighten up. I think maybe I talk to him like he is older than he is but I don't seem to know how to relate to him on his level. I don't know if it's a phase but he is just defiant on everything, full of attitude and generally just being a bit difficult.
How do I relate to him more and hopefully get back to feeling better about our relationship rather than that nagging b!tch that I feel like I'm becoming. He is generally a good kid, mainly well mannered and polite but DH thinks I'm too tough on him.
Hope this makes some sense.