Alex is at that fun age where there is an equal amount of silly and frustration. That time where he is still a toddler but also a pre-schooler. The people that market things to parents have some type of sophisticated system that determines what category he falls into. I think it has to do with alignment of the moon and bird migration patterns but I am not 100% sure.
Alex has a lot more fight in him than Lillyana ever did. It seems that every little thing is an argument and he loves to debate them until I fold or we have missed whateveer event we are trying to get to. I never let it get to this point. I use a crafty mix of imagination, silliness and flat out lies to get him to come to my side. It doesn't always work but it certainly keeps me sharp. In the end we just wind up laughing and someone has given in. There are always hugs and kisses.
This weekend we were at a family reunion in NY. My mother-in-law had bought Alex a nice plaid Ralph Lauren button down to wear. It was torture getting him to put it on. His argument was that it did not have any letters and numbers on it. He flat out refused to wear it. I told him there were letters but they were hidden. An "H" in the yellow lines. An "L" in the green. He looked like he might be convinced. I told him if he counted the blue lines he would get a number. Yes. He was coming over to my side. Then I pointed out the little horse and polo rider. He looked at me. He realized it was a trick. In the end we held him down and put the shirt on by force. I wanted one photo to send to my MIL with Alex in the shirt.
I got my photo and we got to the party Alex was proudly showing off his six pack. We both won - if you can win a battle with a three-and-a-half year old.
How about you? Any fun battles with a toddler / preschooler recently?
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