Me: Trooper, have YOU seen my toothbrush?
Trooper didn't say anything. He just walked over to the couch and felt around under it until he came out with my toothbrush. Do you know how gross that is? I had to scrub dog hair out of that thing because it's an expensive brush and I wasn't going to throw it out for that. Now the comb with poop on it, that I threw out, but poop and dog hair are very different things in my little mind. The crazy thing is that I thought the toothbrush thing was so funny I couldn't even muster a stern never-do-that-again face. I'm creating a monster. He's going to be like Jim from the office, setting up Dwight's desk in the bathroom or setting his stapler in Jello.
-I've mentioned before that Trooper is very picky about his clothes. Well, I don't see that changing anytime soon. I've also mentioned that he can take FOREVER to get his clothes and get dressed, much the same as he can take forever to do just about anything. Well, I do see that changing soon. At least, I hope so. We're embarking on a new form of parenting, one that insists that kids be held responsible for their own actions, rather than being punished by parents. It can seem the same at times, but let me use getting dressed as a case study: Normally, I would remind him multiple times to get dressed until he finally did it, and probably punish him for not listening. It wasn't working. Now, instead of being punished for not getting his clothes, he has a choice: Get your clothes and get dressed, or I will dress you myself. The trick is that the clothes we will pick for him are not clothes he wants to wear. So he can pick his clothes and put them on the first time he's instructed or we will do it for him. Simple, and in theory non-violent, although if you were in our neck of the woods that day you would have thought we were pulling out his toenails when we were putting on his shorts. It was literally a two person job, and he was still 'suffering' when he left the house fifteen minutes later. Obviously we haven't been doing a great job of following through on things or it wouldn't have come as such a big shock when we followed through this morning, but we're on a mission, now, and I think things will be getting much simpler for all of us once we settle in to this new routine. Change is always hard, but often it can be for the better. You know what, I take some of that back. It isn't that we don't follow through, because we do when it's a 'don't do that' situation. It's just that we remind him a dozen times to do the things he must. And I guess that's only a step above not following through at all.
-I was just sitting here eating my breakfast when Trooper said, "Ah! You're naked! Get your shirt on!" I glanced over to my left, and sure enough, Jonathan had taken off his shirt to change it. Trooper said, "Mom! Don't look at him! He's naked!"
Thanks for the warning, kid. Thanks for the warning.
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