This summer I enrolled my son in a mixed-age outdoor play session for Kindergarten through 5th grade, organized and supervised by the local parks and rec association. He loves being outside and is an on-the-go kid so I figured it would be good for him while also giving me a few hours to run errands or do stuff around the house. For the first few weeks, things were great. He was excited to go and it was difficult to pry him away from the playground and his new friends when I came to pick him up.
But after a few weeks, something changed. He started putting up a fuss when it was time to go and not wanting to get out of the car once we got there. He also started being very bossy and directive with his younger sister and neighborhood friends.