Will is going to start talking any day now. And when he does, and someone asks him what his name is, I fully expect him to chirp the word “NO!”
Because lately, that’s all we say to him. Honest to God, I feel like all I do is follow him around, wait until he gets into something he’s not supposed to, and then gently reprimand him with a “No!” And let me tell you, he’s into EVERYTHING! Especially remote controls and cell phones. And the bitch of it is, we gave him his own remote control and cell phone. Real ones, not toys. But somehow, the kid can tell that they’re non-functioning because he wants nothing to do with them. He only wants the ones that work. And whenever he enters a room, he finds them right off the bat. It’s uncanny.
Hell, I’m sitting at my computer right now and I’ve already had to stop him from going through my wallet, grabbing the remote, pushing the power button on the TV and touching the Nintendo Wii. He’s like a trouble tornado.
And I’m not mad at him, he’s doing his job. Right now, at his age, kids test their boundaries and see what they can get away with. So I never got too mad at him, just frustrated and tired. But even though I understand why Will is acting like this, I know for a fact he knows what he’s doing is wrong and he’s messing with me.
Case in point, the power button on the TV. He goes over, touches it, and turns the TV off. I tell him no, and move his hand away from the button. Then I go back and sit down. He looks at me, looks at the TV and looks back at me. He gets a thoughtful look on his face as he continues to glance between me and the TV. Then, very deliberately, he creeps toward the TV and he slowly extends one finger toward the power button, looking at me the whole time for my reaction. It’s actually really hilarious, but I’ve discovered laughing is the worst thing you can do because it just encourages him.
I think this is just the way it is at this age and I”m sure there’s nothing I can really do about it, but I’m starting to feel badly about being so negative all the time. But if I don’t walk around acting like a human NO machine then he’ll never have any boundaries established.
Can you imagine a world with no boundaries. I think they call that “Grandma and Grandpa’s house!”