Wow, lessons of sharing and trying to get Malcolm to understand that it's his responsibility to take care of Melody are difficult concepts to teach and comprehend. Everyday, it's a roller coaster ride. We don't always know who's going to show up, Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hide. What Tracey and Roger have seen that ages 3 and 4 are certainly a delicate age, where sensitivities and fights for independence can create havoc in a developing mind and thus in the surrounding environment. Simple tasks become complex, defiance and stalling become so routine that it's now expected. What really breaks their hearts is that deep down they know how charming, wonderful, and fantastic he can be, he just doesn't always choose to show that side. Absolutely, there must be feelings of jealousy as well, although not always clearly articulated. Melody can do no wrong and that can be a hard pill to swallow. It's difficult to understand how much power a little boy can have over his own parents, but he does. He can make or break an event and ruin a good mood in a heartbeat. Everyone is keeping their fingers crossed that he grows out of this difficult phase soon.
Here are some pictures taken at the park yesterday evening.