His latest obsession is killing me. Ever since he returned home from being at his dad’s for two weeks, it has been non-stop cats: dressing like a cat (which consists of sticking a scarf in your pantwaist), meowing, crawling on the floor, and talking about “Gary”, his imaginary cat.
Today, I snapped. Not feeling well and trying to get some rest, I asked if we could take a break from the meowing. And as soon as the words left my lips I knew what a mistake I had made. You just can’t suggest that he take a break from his obsession. That would be like asking someone to take a break from their career. It’s not that easy.
But it’s driving me batty. Mostly because I can’t really help him make this one useful. And he keeps asking about when he can get a cat, and when I will outgrow my allergy. And I’m not a huge fan of cats to begin with. If the “visitor cat” were coming around, he’d get his fix that way, but I don’t think he’ll be coming around with multiple inches of snow on the ground.
And so. I’m at an impasse. And slowly going insane.
Bec at snagglebox.com wrote an amazing post about this very topic. I think I need to re-read it a few hundred times to get me through this.
Have you thought about popping a benadryl and taking him to a shelter to volunteer? Most shelters welcome kids so long as an adult is with them at all times. I’m not sure if it would just feed the obsession or maybe help get some of it out and at least make something productive from it.
If Benadryls didn’t knock me out… It’s always a possibility. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂
My pleasure, I’d love to take him if I ever get a free minute
Laura H. that is a terrific suggestion. A friend of mine from high school works with a shelter, I could email her to see if this would be an option.