Well, that's a little unfair, but this new situation made me start singing, "How do you solve a problem like Maria?!" Elliot likes our tower fans, but I tell him no when he goes to touch them. This has not worked, so I have gone to smacking his hands with a firm "No." Then, it becomes a game, he laughs, I stay serious, and we continue for about 4-6 hand-smackings, then progress to a smack on the behind. I also added in there a serious sit-down talk about how dangerous it is and why he should not do it. A few times he does end up in tears and I have hope.
Yesterday it changed to sprinting/crawling to the fan, touching it real fast on the fly, looking back with a glint in his eye, and sprinting on. This was an immediate spanking, and 10 minutes later, he did it again. I'm in for it, aren't I? The outlets aren't much different, but have taken on less interest now that the fans are out.
This is little Pat, according to his grandmother, who told me he was the only one of the five she ever spanked.
His other thing lately, too, is when he cries when he's mad, he'll clinch his fists tight enough that he shakes, and really cry/grrrr it out. This temper he gets from me, I'm afraid.
Lovely blend of the two of us, don't you think!?
He's starting to really like rocking in his chair... except, he doesn't know how to turn around once he climbs up, so he simply stands up in the chair. That's where I come in.