One would think that by the time the third child comes around, one would know what to do but alas, it appears that there is still so much to learn. So many grey hairs to accumulate.
Max is at an interesting age. And by interesting I mean bloody challenging. He is 3 months shy of 3 years old and is constantly pushing the boundaries. It might be because the first few years of the twins upbringing passed by in a dazed fog, or it might be because I am suffering from old age amnesia but I really can't remember the twins being so 'challenging'. (Read: naughty).
Max is totally delicious and I love him with an intensity that is breathtaking but OMG he can be hard work. His latest trick: throwing stuff. He will stand at the top of the stairs with the TV remote in his hand and an evil glint in his eye. I wag my finger at him and admonish: "Max! Don't throw!" And with a skip in his step and a giggle on his lips, he throws the remote down the stairs. And then laughs as if it is a big joke. If he is cross with me, he throws stuff. If he is trying to get my attention, he throws stuff.
It was bad enough at home but now that he has started school, it is becoming an issue. He had to sit on the naughty step at school last week because he was throwing toys. I was mortified! My child is going to be expelled from play school for bad behaviour! (Ok, not really - but still! I don't want him to behave badly at school)
I know that he is doing it to push my buttons, to get attention. But I don't know what to do about it. Smacks on the bum don't work. He laughs them off. Time out doesn't really work either. I have tried ignoring it but it is bloody hard when you see your cell phone going flying over the landing. I don't want him to throw stuff, he is deliberately defying me.
Has anyone experienced this type of thing? What would you suggest? Ignore him? Punish him? Banish him to the dungeon? Swap him for a better behaved child?
PS There is a teensy chance that I might be a little soft on him. He is my last baby and I am very, very fond of him.
PPS I don't normally make him look like a girl, but it was too tempting not to put Kate's hair band in his mop of curls.