We have reached a seminal moment here at the Childsplayx2 household. For the past almost-two years we have spoken to Swee’Pea and TheMonk in a cute, high energy way that is often phrased in the form of a question. This has not been a problem since we never received any response. It was understood that these questions were, indeed, NOT requests and we would be doing what the parent suggested.
That has all changed.
The word “No” has entered into the lexicon here at our household as these two little ones have finally figured out that they have a mind of their own and that free will is a pretty damn good thing. In fact, the word “No” is such a good word, they say it twice.
Me: “Are you ready to go to bed?”
TheMonk: “No, No.”
Me: “Would you like to give your brother one of the toys you’re
Swee’Pea: “No. No.”
Me: “Can we please put on your shoes and leave before we make Daddy late for work and he gets fired?”
Both: “No. No.” (accompanied by emphatic head shakes)
So, we are having to reprogram our minds to utter demands rather than requests which, admittedly, is taking some getting used to.
Let me see if I have this down…
“It’s time for bed, suckas! Mommy and Daddy need a break!”
“It’s either ‘share the toy’ or ‘time out’ – your choice.”
“Get your shoes on! Come back here! I said, come back here! Please! Please?!”
Okay, maybe I still have some work to do.