Yes, that’s the question I posed to my happily headstrong six year-old son this morning. It’s the latest installment in the epic battles between the 500Jerk parents and Boy Wonder, an unfailingly upbeat person impervious to any sort of discipline.
Take his toys away? He’s glad to play with his shoes. Give him a timeout on the stairs? He makes a game of sliding down them. Send him to bed? He sings and plays in bed. Talk sternly to him? His initially respectful visage slowly morphs into a parody of your own, until you can’t help but crack up.
He is energetic, self-reliant, crafty, comic, brave, adorable, and smarter than all get out. I don’t know what to do with him. He sees you coming before you know it yourself. THIS. CHILD. CANNOT. BE. CONTROLLED.
Hence, this morning’s question, which I admit, did bring him up short. I think I may have momentarily scared him out of obstinacy. And maybe scaring him isn’t such a bad thing. But it won’t last, and it’s not a good long-term solution.
How do you solve a problem like Boy Wonder?