A little while ago, Amor Chiquito grabbed my hand and walked me into the guest room at my mother's apartment. She said "stay here, mommy, please."
I knew what that meant! You know what that meant!
M I S C H I E F
I decided to wait it out and find out what her plan was.
She sat in the living room for a minute, covering her face. Never knew why she was covering her face. Maybe she was smiling and did not want me to notice? She then went into the kitchen and asked her grandma for an ice cream cone!
I guess I do an awesome job being the bad cop!
Another little story... Yesterday, Amor Chiquito and I were having lunch together at home. She ate all her pasta.
Ari: All done. I full.
Mommy: Can you please put your bowl in the sink? (Bad choice of words.)
Ari: No, your turn. You do. Yourself.
I wish I could say I handled it beautifully. Truth is I was shocked and did not react. Part of me wanted to laugh my butt off! Part of me was wondering "who exactly took over my child's mind?" Part of me was thinking "wow, she is learning new phrases and figuring out what they mean and how we respond to them. Fascinating."
Yet another story... About half an hour after the lunch episode, we were doing puzzles. The pieces of the puzzles are different geometric shapes. She knows some of them, but not others. I was telling her what each shape was as she put it on the puzzle.
Mommy: That is a triangle.
Ari: Triangle! I know triangle! (insert a bit of an attitude here, as if no crap, duh, it's a triangle!).
Again, I was shocked.
For the rest of the day, Amor Chiquito was her usual sweet and helpful self. She loves to help with chores. That is why I was surprised when she said it was my turn to put her bowl in the sink. Her choice of words made for a very entertaining few hours, that’s for sure!
Just when you have something figured out, there is something else to learn/figure out! How many times will we reread Love and Logic before we put it down forever? When will we put it down forever? I know, when she turns six and we buy the book for elementary school age kids!
How do you respond to such situations? What works? What does not? I am in the process of figuring this out!
What are your favorite parenting books?