Here's a little disclaimer before I even start this post about my son's antics: I am currently feeling like crapola and have been laying on the couch all day with some sort of stomach bug. Don't worry, I won't type BRB when I have to, um, excuse myself or anything. I'll just stop typing and then start up again once I'm back. You'll be none the wiser. I just figured I'd let you know how I'm feeling today in case you come across some unexplainable typos or misuse of words. Feel free to let me know if you do find them and I'll happily fix them when I'm feeling better and can see straight.
Anywho, on to the reason for this post. It's about my son. He's a cutie, but like most 3 year-olds he doesn't know right from wrong all the time. But like most 3 year-olds, he knows that his cuteness will sometimes get him out of trouble when he does one of those wrong things. For a while, his tactic was to do said wrong thing and then tell us about it.
My son: Mom, I wiped boogers into my carpet during my nap, OK?
Me: No, Buddy...it's not OK. Please don't do it again.
My son: OK!
But that's so stinkin' cute, right? I mean, what's a couple boogers anyway? I let that one slide. ..not literally. I cleaned it up of course.
He went through the day telling my husband and me everything that he did in hopes that it was OK, but more times than not we had to tell him it wasn't. Drawing on the table with permanent marker isn't OK. Licking the guard rail while waiting in line for a train ride isn't OK. Spraying sister's perfume all over the place isn't OK.
After a while, we got him to understand that while we appreciate his honesty he shouldn't be doing these things in the first place. So now, he tells us every time he DOESN'T do something bad.
My son: Mom, I did NOT put my mouth on the window. I did NOT.
Me: Good job, Buddy!
My son: I did NOT.
He's not saying it in a accusatory way. He's just matter-of-factly letting me know. He woke up this morning and the first words out of his mouth were, "Mom, I'm not going to do what I'm not supposed to do."
He has been very true to his word so far today. According to him, he did NOT put his finger in his butt, he did NOT eat Play Doh, he did NOT rip the Christmas cards off the wall (he only ripped a little bit), he did NOT stick his breakfast fork in his eye, he did NOT put his fingers in his mouth after he did NOT touch his butt and most importantly he did NOT wipe any more boogers into the carpet.
So, today's a pretty good day.