Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ain't misbehavin'

It's an interesting time at the moment because it's only recently that Katie can choose to misbehave. I guess before now, she didn't know what was right or wrong but now there are a few occasions where she is consciously naughty. She is funny. Sometimes she'll look to see if anyone is watching before she'll press the CD eject button. And when she is found out, she often rubs her hands down her front - literally wiping her hands of it all! It seems that is built into our DNA!

We have a bit of a battle in the bath too - trying to stop her from standing up. When we tell her to sit down - she pretends to and as soon as you say "good girl" she's back on her feet giggling! It's not a good start when you're trying to tell her off and she thinks it's a game!

We wonder whether now would be a good time for the old "I'll count to three" trick. Or do we need a naughty chair?!

It's not a major issue - but we just want her to be happy, for her to be safe and not to learn too many bad habits that need to be addressed in the future.


Blogger Heather's place said...

You won't be surprised to hear that being a wooley liberal I don't think this is naughty. I think it's learning how things work (people not just the CD), finding where the bounderies are and having a sense of humour.

As you know, I'm a great parent and, when I have the energy, I praise the good stuff, ignor the bad and distract from the dangerous or very annoying.

As you also know I have perfectly behaved children.

But in real life I shout - especially when I don't have the energy or patience to do proper parenting.

I generaly find the more attention, thought, energy and patience I give to the boys the better behaved they are - particularly true when they were little.

Anyway - enough from Dr Heather - it's late and I shall be tired and grumpy with my children in the morning :-)

12:15 AM  
Blogger Will said...

Thank you Dr Heather :D

We particularly like the bit about praising the good, ignoring the bad and distracting from the dangerous or very annoying.

We'll work on that - it seems to make a lot of sense.

We just wonder if there will come a day when 'no' means something ?!

Maybe not yet eh...

1:55 PM  

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