After-school restraint collapse is a real thing—here’s how to deal with it

When Parker Kraychy started grade one, his mom, Kristi Kraychy, heard nothing but positive reviews about his behavior. He was a total angel, said his teacher; he worked hard and listened well. Naturally, Kraychy was pleased—but she could hardly believe it. That’s because Parker was routinely a hot mess at home after school. Angry, yelling meltdowns were an almost-daily occurrence for months.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a real phenomenon.