Tonight, I was telling Olivia, my sweet just about 2 year old, to keep her grubby mitts off the food that was waiting to go into the oven. She got frustrated with me, grabbed a piece of paper and pretending to read it, said, “shut up, mommy” and handed it to me with a humph. Oh goodness. I just laughed at her and moved her away from the food. Nice try, little one.
I have always been pretty lax about rude, disrespectful kids. Yet no one who spends time with my kids would ever describe them as rude or disrespectful. Just the opposite. (Don’t worry – they have plenty of other questionable traits!) Being rude and disrespectful may not get you in trouble around here, but it will get you laughed at and scooted aside. Great powers do not need to respond to petty beligerance.
The day will come when Olivia can be taught the value of kind words. She’ll learn soon enough; you don’t have to agree with me and you don’t have to like it. You just have to do what I say.