Ds has entered a stage where he complains about going anywhere that isn't a party or playing. We went through complaining about going to school, his older brother's games, swim lessons, anything. He's always fine once there, so it's just him grumping for whatever reason.
One big one is church. I'm not religious, but dh is and it's very important that the kids go. Dd usually doesn't because she's harder to focus, but dds and ds go most Sundays. Ds (and dds, frankly) complains EVERY Sunday. Whines and cries and almost has fits while getting him ready. He's not scared, he just doesn't want to go. Problem is, he is perfectly fine once the car leaves the driveway and is a perfect angel there and always has fun at the coffee social afterward.
Today, dh decided to let ds have his choice today to stay home. Except, no tv and no computer. He was happy as a clam until dh left and I reminding him no electronics. He's been crying and pouting and begging to go to church all morning. It's killing me....lol. He usually is very good about independent play, but now he's sooooooooo bored...lol.
Ugh. I can see how parents see grounding as a parent's punishment and give up!