we're starting to reach a sweet spot with this boy - his language skills have come far enough that he can tell us what he wants or if something is wrong and is beginning to understand reason, cause and consequence and all sorts of fun things.which has meant a real dip in the amount of tantrums and time-outs that he subjects himself too.
and just when i say, WOW - he hasn't done anything excessively naughty in days!
he goes and does something like this:
this is also why no pen enters this house that isn't washable.
even still - that sweet little face is hard to get mad at.
hard. but not impossible.