I was thinking it was time to update some of the little things that Josie is doing/saying . . .
1. She really believes in the power of positive thinking and positive speech. I was sick earlier this week and she asked me if I was all better.
"No, honey, I'm still sick."
"No you're not! You're not sick. You're all better."
"Sorry-I'm still sick."
"You're still sick?"
"You all better now?"
Repeat every 15 minutes until I agree I'm not sick anymore.
Also-if she's being naughty and I'm getting upset, she'll ask "You happy, Mom?" and I'll tell her "No-I'm not. You're not minding me."
"Yes you are! You're happy!"
Same type of thing at bedtime "It's not bedtime!"
2. Along the same lines, I swear she's going to be a lawyer. This child will argue that the sky is not blue just to argue. Sometimes she argues with me when I'm agreeing with her. No joke.
3. I could use some advice about how to teach children not to lie-because she's dipping her feet into the lake of deceit. She's been potty-trained since September but has still been wearing pull-ups at night at my house. She doesn't wear them at my mom's or my brother's house-but I'm guessing that's because she either sleeps in the same bed or in the same room as them? Go figure. Since I know she can stay dry but is either to lazy or too scared to get up and go to the bathroom when she does need to go I decided to reward her with fun-size M&Ms when she wakes up dry. It was working well, maybe one wet pull-up a week, until one morning (after she'd gotten her M&Ms) I went into her room to get her clothes and i found a wet pull-up on her floor. I called her upstairs and showed her and asked if she changed into a dry pull-up that morning. She told me yes. I could see on her face that she knew it was wrong. Then she started smiling-sorta like she knew she pulled one over on me. That's what makes me nervous. I told her not to lie to me and not to do it again.
Anyway-she tried it again a few days later-I heard rustling over the monitor and I opened her door to a wide-eyed little girl with her hand in the pull-ups. I got a little angry with her this time-which didn't phase her much until she realized she wasn't getting any M&Ms.
She tried it one more time and I took the package of pull-ups out of her room. When this pack is empty-I'm not buying any more and I'm hoping it will help to have her in underwear.
Seriously though-how did you talk to your child about lying?
4. She's always play-acting anymore. Fake crying. Loud conversations between stuffed animals. Often she'll yell "Mom!" and I'm all "What?"
"No-not you! Her mom . . ." Okaaaay . . ..
Or she'll say something strange in the car or while she's sitting right next to me and when I ask her to repeat it she's all "I'm just talking to myself."
I'm just waiting for the invisible friend.
And to finish, here's a couple of pics from Easter.