Thursday, November 11, 2010

No Mommy! We Not at The Grocery Store!

According to Ari, everything I say is a blatant lie. Or at least that's how it feels to me. I could be sitting on the couch, and say to him:

"I'm sitting on the couch."
He would reply:
"No, you not sitting on the couch!"

He loves to disagree with me. Here's another example:

I mean, clearly we're at the grocery store and I am objectively right. Unfortunately, that doesn't matter to him. I just don't know how to respond without getting into a full on semantics argument.

If I say "No, we're at the grocery store" he'll just argue that we're not. But I don't feel right about acquiescing and saying "You're right, we're not at the grocery store." Because we are!

What is an effective way to deal with this dissenting behavior?


  1. Respond with "Ok, smart guy, where are we then?" Lol. Maybe he is pretending that you are somewhere else or doing something else. If so, run with it and have a fun little imaginative adventure.

  2. Oh! That's a good one! Sometimes when I ask him a question it stumps him. He'll say "I don't want to XYZ." And then I respond "What do you want to do?" And he says "Um---" and doesn't have an answer. I am definitely going to try that one!

  3. LOL again! I have no idea! I'm struggling with no really you can't have the knife no matter how hard you yell!

  4. I was going to say take a couple shots of whiskey and reconsider. But you are pregnant so don't do that. I usually just give in. It's not worth it.

  5. Harriet- You're right. The knife is a no go, no matter what. Sigh.

    Otter- It's not. But then do I say "you're right! We are NOT at the Grocery Store!"

    Or wait, I've got it! I could reply "Then where are we?"

  6. I agree: go along with him and say, "No, we aren't! I think that we are on the moon; where do you think we are?" My son used to do the same thing and I wore myself out arguing with him, so I tried going along with him. We ended up coming up with some wild scenarios (such as stalking monkeys through the jungle...that was always fun in the grocery can imagine some of the crazy looks we got!)

  7. I think I'm gonna have to try this fantasy technique!


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