1 - My daughter will have perpetual skinned "Ka-Knee-Knees" this summer. I have seen it - it's has been set in stone.
2 - Our Lil' Mayhem Maker (LMM) is VERY accident prone.
3 - *see #1*.
As a result, my LMM has discovered that when she has a boo-boo, Mama & Daddy have the power to make it all better. Apparently this same 'theory' can be applied in more than one situtuation - and is not only reserved for skinned 'ka-knee-knees' and bumped heads. It appears the theory, when used by a child, can assist them in getting out of trouble.
LMM's newest trick, is to regularly push the boundries of acceptable behaviour. I know, I know, its it a fine line of what is acceptable behviour when you are dealing with an almost 2 year old, but still - I don't think it is too much to ask for decent manners and acceptable age appropriate behaviour. Everything and Everyone is fair game for her nastytude lately. This behviour encompasses everything from throwing mega blocks at the cats, to pulling their tails, head butting me in the nose, pulling my hair, and occassionally, she will bite. Oye! Additionally, she has had a nasty tendancy to scream - it is an ear piercing, shattering glass, we are skinning her alive, hurry up close the windows,before the neighbor call social services scream. LMM is quickly learning that this pushes our buttons, and while we are very laid back tolerant parents, we will ONLY tolerate SO much. As a result, LMM is learning this is unacceptable behaviour will results in a brief stay in the naughty chair.
You see, my hubby and I have been trying, (and there is an emphasis on trying) to use the 1-2-3 method as well as a naughty chair/time out. It's working. Sorta. Well, not so much. You see, since we can 'Kiss it better', LMM now feels she can do the same. "Sorry.....hu-nee....kiss...it....better" is what she says now, once she figures out she has been naughty and is trying her hardest to avoid a trip to the naughty chair. She wraps her arms around our legs, and squeezes all the while chanting the above phrase in her sweet lil voice and and her eyes as wide as saucers.
I swear, how can I not, stand back, and watch, with a grin on my face, as she chases the cat around the dining room table, after pulling it's tail for the 3rd time in less than 5 minutes, all the time chanting............