September 19, 2011
"All done", he says, smile on [handsome] face and doing the hand flip back and forth. The smile is a little mischievous. Next thing you know, he is flipping his cup upside down, gleefully watching the milk stream to the floor. "Uh-oh. All wet!"
It happens rather often. He likes to dump the cereal on the floor, flick tofu across the table, and watch liquid run down the legs of the table. I could use cups with lids, but we tend to all use normal glasses when we sit down for meals, saving lidded cups for excursions.
Many times, I want to yell. Few times, I do. In the moments after the spill/dump/toss, I will take a deep breath. This is a child. Does he know not what he does? Perhaps. Is he testing my limits? Indeed. Will it exacerbate the situation and encourage repetition he elicits a furious response from me? Probably.
But how the hell can I get him to stop dumping stuff on the floor? Because I sure as hell am tired of mopping it all up (and as much as I give him the tools to "clean-up, clean-up, everybody do their share", it really isn't the best clean-up job.