Skip to main content

The After-School Ride Home is Full of Screams and Tears

It was like a scene from the movie Despicable Me 2....
Actual Photo of Grady Leaving School

I picked up Dylan, Carter, and Grady from school. They waved to friends, chatted it up, and giggled. We hopped in the car.  

Carter made a joke. Grady laughed so hard that tears ran down his face. And then, without warning, Grady attacked Carter.

What in God's name made my 6-year-old snap? He was just laughing so hard his face turned red.

Have you seen a movie with Minions? Minions are yellow, carefree, and loving. In the movie Despicable Me 2, some Minions receive a serum that turns them into purple monsters. That was Grady. He went from a yellow Minion to a purple demon.

Actual Photo of Grady Upon Arriving Home

What we have here is the classic After-School Explosion!

Reasons for an after-school explosion:

1.) They're tired. The kids just went non-stop for 8 hours. They, too, had a long day.

2.) They're hungry. Yes, they get a snack and lunch, but they burn it off quickly.

3.) They've been holding "it" in all day. This is the biggest reason! Think about it: They have pressure to be good and do well for 8 straight hours. You (mom and/or dad) are their safe zone. They have to keep it together at school, but they can lose it around you.

Aimee and I often ask ourselves, "Why are the kids good for other people but not for us?" Well, that's why. We are their release. They can throw a few punches (figure of speech — except in Grady's case) and we love them, regardless.

The After-School Explosion is the worst at the beginning of the school year. Getting in the routine is tough! So, for parents of kids just starting school: Buckle up! The ride home and ensuing hours can be full of irrational outbursts — purple Minion style!

Please subscribe for more Hangry Dad: Click Here


  1. Good afternoon Brian! Nice tie you wore it well. I just wanted to say that before I forgot .Well the boys have a long stressful day just like mom and dad.they also get worn out, just like grown ups.and thinking that they still have a few months to go.the joke might not had been very funny but he was tired and he was letting out all the boredom .so it was good that he finally felt released.. You have great smart boys Brian.I know you are proud of them .I know I am and I don't even know them personally.well I guess I will sign out for now, I have to get back to work.So till the next Hangry dad have a great afternoon and enjoy your time with your boys , remember they grow really fast. MZ

  2. I meant relieved.sorry I misspelled anything

    1. They are growing fast for sure! Have a great day!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

My #1 Rule for Raising Kids

When I was a kid, I wanted to be one of two things: a garbageman or a weatherman. How cool is a garbage collector? You chuck trash into a truck, watch it get chewed up, and hang off the back of the truck as it goes! Plus, say "hi" to everyone. To this day, I've never met a grumpy garbage collector. They're always dishing out the biggest waves and smiles. I also liked the weather. When I was little, the weather scared me. What do you mean a hurricane has an eye? Like an actual eye? What kind of monster is this? The more I learned, the more weather fascinated me. The power of storms was captivating. I never wanted to be on television, but the only person I saw with a weather job was a TV weather person. So, I thought, that's what I'll do. My parents didn't deter me. Get an education. Be a good person. Hopefully, the rest falls into place. Now, I'm the parent. My oldest, Dylan, wants to be a pilot. That's awesome! Aimee and I have big p

All My Money Goes to 7-11. But There, I Buy Memories!

I keep 7-11 in business. Not literally. But maybe I do. I don't see their books. Maybe me and my three boys are keeping them in the black. How often do we go to 7-11?

I Was Choking and My Kids Didn't Know What a Phone Was.

I have this thing that happens when I eat too fast. It gets stuck. It doesn't happen a lot, but every few months, it happens. Yes, I know. I need help in many ways. I was making tacos for dinner. We get that yellow kit from Old El Paso. Don't judge. They are good and it's rather easy. Except my wife likes me to cut up tomatoes fairly small, and that part is annoying. Not her, but the tomato dicing. The kit was a half hard shell and half tortilla one. I heat the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds. When they come out, they are smoking hot and perfect to eat. I always grab one and gobble it down as I put the finishing touches on my 100% homemade-out-of-a-box dinner.  This time, I gobbled too fast. I'll spare you the details. Wait, no I won't. It got stuck. It's not in the throat area, but more down in the chest area. After some painful minutes, it usually pushes its way down and I am good. Drinking water to speed the process doesn't help. I am just stuck