When human beings feel stress, regression is very common. We default to using skills that are more engrained and come more easily.
In children, you may see stress lead to regressions in behavior, self-regulation, feeding, sleeping, and even toileting.
So think about your son's behavior in stressful moments. It could be a really stressful experience like shifting to online school with a day's notice.
Or it could be the stress of a small transition, an upcoming test, a soccer game, starting a new camp, or even a new food on the table or bedtime routine, depending on how sensitive your child is.
It’s a reminder to show more compassion, not less, when he’s acting young for his age. What does “more compassion” look like for you?