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Nice try, dude… (part 2)

As I wrote in this prior post, sometimes my son’s misbehaviors are really funny, and I know that laughing only reinforces them.  But sometimes I can’t help it.  One of the things he does that is really annoying but a riot at the same time is taking stuff he knows he’s not supposed to have.  I’m pretty sure that this started out as him being curious about some of our things, but I’m also pretty sure that I’ve reinforced this behavior into a game for him and that sometimes he takes things in order to get it started.  What he does is take something, for example my eyeglasses, and then when he sees that I want him to put them back he starts running away from me throughout the house.  Usually what happens is that he ends up running himself into a corner and then when he sees he’s caught, he throws the item on the floor, as a sign that he’s given up.  Yesterday he grabbed a marker and started to run around.  Except this time, when he got cornered, instead of giving up, he put his hand that was holding the marker behind his back and said “it went away”.

Then, there’s the case of the bitten foam.  We have those large, interlocking foam floor tile puzzle things in which each square is a letter of the alphabet.  My son loves taking these apart and biting the smaller pieces (such as the inner circle of the “O”), as much as we tell him not to.  A few days ago I caught him biting one and the consequence was to leave the room.  The next day when he returned, he found the bitten piece, and accused me of being the one who had bitten it.  He even tried to shove it in my mouth so that I would bite it right there and then and thusly prove himself right.

It’s been really interesting to see how his little mind works, and how he’s developing a tendency to advocate for himself.  I don’t mind that at all, the task now is just to help him use that for good rather than mischief.

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  1. January 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

    My 4 yo got me laughing when he got in trouble and was mad while we were in the car. He said when we got home he was going find something I loved and punch it. It was all I could do not to laugh

    • January 10, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Haha…good one. Thanks for reading/commenting.

  2. January 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    My son used to turn to us and hopingly ask, “funny?” how could we resist.

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