The Showdown

by The Daddy on November 23, 2011

Oh, how much fun is it when your kid starts to really push boundaries?

You know, when you’ve repeatedly told them not to do something, and you get the shit-eating smile and the super-slow-motion action combined with a deadlocked gaze. You know, to see if you REALLY mean no. And then of course, the obligatory freak out tantrum when you take the object away, confirming that he has indeed pushed the limits too far. I know he’s doing this to learn, to test boundaries, and I’m happy to oblige, enforcing the reaction he wasn’t suer he was going to get.

But man, oh man is it infuriating.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

TechyDad November 23, 2011 at 11:01 am

It’s even more fun when you have two. NHL does something. Gets reprimanded for it. Then you see the gleam in JSL’s eye. The one that says “Oh, so *that* is something that gets you in trouble.” Then JSL does what his brother does. So I reprimand JSL, but JSL’s behavior has now egged on NHL which eggs JSL on more. It’s a vicious circle and you need to shut it down quickly or chaos will reign supreme!


Lex November 23, 2011 at 11:46 am

Munchkin has reached the point (i.e. three years old) where ALL SHE DOES is test boundaries: It’s a constant, never-ending struggle. Good luck, man. It NEVER ends. It will lessen with time, but it. never. ends.


Rebecca November 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

Is it unusual that my 1-year old daughter is doing this already? We had a stan0ff yesterday over the vertical blinds. (I know, why do we have vertical blinds anyway? It’s a rental..) She’s already ripped down over half and insists on hitting them, while staring at me (with the deadlocked gaze) and just the hint of a grin while I use my firmest voice to tell her to get away from them…and resist laughing.



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