A friend of mine who has her own her little guy passed on a parenting tip to me while we were commiserating about how difficult it can be dealing with a four year old boy. She told me about something that they use called "Sassy Spray". Sassy Spray is a little squirt of apple cider vinegar in the mouth when something sassy comes out. It sounds a little mean but remember vinegar has numerous health benefits so really I am just helping my child to be healthy=)
Ok....so flashback to the end of a very long day when Tyler was just having meltdown upon meltdown. He had been given numerous warnings and was told if he yelled again that he would be getting a spray of Sassy Spray. Well he yelled again and we sprayed a squirt of Sassy Spray in his mouth. The reaction that we got was instant, loud and sorry to admit this, but really pretty damn funny! He yelled, "YUCK YUCKY....GET IT OUT....(ok here is the funny part) AGUA AGUA, AAAAAGGGGUUUUAAAAA!" I have to admit that my first reaction was shock at his reaction followed quickly by utter amusement by his hysterics. Finally I had a small amount of pride that my child is paying attention during his Spanish class....so do I tell his teacher or just keep this little gem of a story to myself?;)
Tyler was dressing himself one morning, a task that can take up to twenty minutes on some mornings because he is the slowest child on earth whenever I am in a hurry. I was fed up and was finally helping him with his shoes so we wouldn't be terribly late. I said to Tyler, "Tyler, you have got to help me in the morning. It is your job to get dressed and put your shoes on your feet." I swear he looked right at me and said, "Mom I don't have a job, I am retired".
Something was said on TV about the President and Tyler asked me what our President did. I told him that he is in charge of our country. I told Tyler that maybe he would be president some day. He said, "Yeah, I can be president and be in charge of everybody, but if I don't be president and just be a dad then I can just be in charge of my kids and tell them what to do".
The highlight of Tyler's day right now is in the morning when I try to make his hair look like what he refers to as "Rock Star Hair". The poor child has never really had the chance to have a boy haircut because he has only ever had it in a buzz cut. He has been begging me to let him grow it so I figured we should give it a shot. We have just the top a little longer and we try to style it into this spiky rock star style that he seems to find pretty darn cool!=)