I've really been struggling being patient with Simon and this afternoon I finally hit a brick wall of frustration. I'm loving the nice weather and I like getting out and about in the morning with a curious toddler. After naptime, though, it's just not very doable to leave the house since I need to get dinner ready. This is the time that I'd love for Simon to play independently in the house or even on the back deck or back yard but his obsession with the sliding doors has frayed my last nerve. He pleads to go "out" but his definition of this is to stand on the deck opening & closing the doors non-stop. If you try to close them or tell him to stop he's been having these epic meltdowns. By 4:30 in the afternoon, I just lose all patience with this. There's the potential for cats to escape (especially Cosmo) and Simon needs to learn that the doors aren't toys. I've tried putting up a baby gate so that kitties don't get out but that only fuels the tantrums. No amount of toys entice him to want to play outside. I feel like I'm at my wit's end and that it's going to be a long summer.