I should have known this personality change was coming. A girlfriend who spent many years teaching Grade One, warned me that the physical and mental demands on kids can turn the sweetest child into a maniac. “No, not my boy”, I thought. But I was wrong and, try as I might, I’m trying to figure out how to put my son back on track or at try and tame the temper tantrums. Earlier bedtimes have helped a bit (but I admit depositing him in his bunk bed at 5:30 p.m. when the acting out first started might have been excessive). Our mealtimes are together at the table as a family, where we try a get him to talk about his day and I’ve clamped down on screen time in favour of more outdoor play and reading. I feel like I’ve done all I can to help reduce the stress he’s feeling, but I’m still at a loss.