Today, just before his first birthday, my sweet little baby took a turn. After I cleaned out the "trough" (see previous postings on "Fast Food") of his Bibbity bib, he turned to me with a mischievous look and picked up some spaghetti and dropped it slowly back in. The look on my face must have been what he was looking for because he did it again. Then I couldn't help but laugh. Oh no, he is his brother.
When Cash was about the same age, he kept touching the stove and I kept saying no. Finally, we came to such a standoff that he would stand straight bodied about an inch from the stove and just turn around and just look at me as if to say, "Ha, ha, ha." Either that or he'd rub his butt on the stove and laugh.
Since Cash has maintained that defiant and mischievous streak, sometimes driving me absolutely to the end (see Wild Things posting), I'm hoping to nip it in the bud now. Time to pull out, "Raising a Happy, Unspoiled Child," by Burton L. White. While I had the book when Cash was a baby, I never read it. This time I'm going to be an A student and do the reading! But if that fails, I always have a second chance with "1-2-3 Magic, Effective Discipline for Children 2-12," which gives you a technique to help you to stop trying to rationalize with your kids when they are doing something you don't like.
I don't need another "King" in the house.