Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Manipulation 6 year old style

So yesterday Harrison had a bit of a meltdown. There is a back story to why he melted down but it isn't important to the humorous part of the story.

Harrison had been yelling at me for awhile. In recent weeks we have taken on a new and fairly effective strategy of not listening or responding when Harrison is yelling at us. He knows this, but we remind him as we feel is necessary. When he started on this yelling crusade I politely reminded him that I was not ignoring him, I was just choosing not to listen until he started talking to be in a calm, normal voice. 20 minutes later...

I am sitting in the office and Harrison is yelling. I am not looking at him.

"Why aren't you listening to me? MOM!!! MOM!!! Why!!! Why aren't you listening to me?!?!

"I am going to remind you once more that I am not going to listen to you unless you are not yelling."

Harrison is suddenly silent. With great difficulty he says through a controlled sob: "I'm not yelling now."

As I turn to look at him I say: "O.K. Harrison what do you want to say?"

He gets about 4 inches from my face and yells: "BUT I'M YELLING NOW!!!!"

At this point I came very close to losing my cool. But not in a 'I'm going to rip your head off' kind of way. It is in a 'I don't know if I can keep from laughing in your face' kind of way. Who does this child think he is and where does he get this stuff!?!?!

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