Thursday, August 12, 2010

When we call him DANIEL, he knows he's in trouble...

I think it would be safe to say that the vast majority of posts about our children are positive and upbeat. We love both Danny and Benji more than anything in the world, so it's pretty easy to wax poetic about the little guys.

But I have to tell you, Danny is getting on our last collective nerve. Apparently "listening" is for losers, and the answer to any question the past for few days has basically been a shrill and diabolical laugh.

So here's how it goes down. He does something he has been repeatedly warned not to. Then he goes into timeout for 3 minutes, is very contrite and apologetic and  I swear, not 2 minutes later does the same exact thing that got him into trouble in the first place. Argh!!! Example, he climbs again on a glass top coffee table, or dings plates on the table with his fork, or so annoyingly, smears whatever food he has on his plate all over his body like he's at some fru fru day spa applying a mud mask. Argh!.

We know. We know. All of the parenting books talk about how kids at this age are testing their boundaries, yada, yada, yada. 

I just hope that this is a VERY SHORT phase he's entered into. Suggestions welcome. -Monica


Casey said...

Ahhh, welcome to my world. I hope your "phase" is shorter than mine... ours is uhm... 2 1/2 years long for G and about a year long for E.. so far. ;)

Jenni said...

Do you guys use 1, 2, 3 Magic with Danny at home? I use it here and it's really, really effective and he responds to it really well, as does Oscar.