After my conversation with Gavin (4) this morning, I'm certain I'll have my work cut out for me when he's a teenager.
Me~ What a beautiful morning! Lets go play outside with our new sidewalk chalk!
Gavin~ No. I want to watch a movie.
Me~ You can watch a movie later...when the girls are taking a nap. Come on, lets play outside.
Gavin~ NO! I said WATCH A MOVIE!! You are SOOOO mean! **cry**
Me~ Really? You're crying because I want to play with you outside?
Gavin~ No, I'm mad at you cause I want to watch a movie! You never let me watch TV. You're sooo mean!
Me~ That's enough. And that's not true. Keep up this attitude and I'll give you something to cry about.
Gavin~ You better not. I'll call the police.
I would never DREAM of talking to my father like this....maybe I'm not very intimidating? Zander (knock on wood) usually does what's expected....but Gavin, oh Gavin. He has a flair for the dramatics.
After I told Gavin that he wasn't being nice, I took the girls in the front yard to play...leaving him alone to mope. Eventually (about 5 minutes) he joined us like nothing happened. I made him hug me and apologize.
Have your children started talking back? If so, what's your reaction?