Nov 29, 2006

Half-Hearted Temper Tantrum

My sister sent me a link to this YouTube video of a manipulative little tyke, and it is priceless.

One of my favorite parts of this clip is the family dog - watch how the pooch follows Mom and Dad.



Mark said...

Sadly, I used to do that :)

Lisa Renee said...

One of mine had what's called febrile seizures, normally the body does not seize until a very high temperature threshold but in her case a seizure could happen if her temperature went over 100 which she learned she could do just by crying. I'll never forget the time when I heard her threaten her siblings that if they didn't give her the toy she wanted she'd have a seizure. Thankfully she outgrew it and I'll also never forget the day I called her bluff when she threatened me with it.


Do said...

Actually this isn't cute - it's encouraging the behavior. I am a firm believer in a open hand meeting a backside for this type of thing. Then they have something to wail about. I know that's not PC, but screeching kids and parents that think it's cute or funny aren't either.

Maggie Thurber said...

Mike - that's priceless!

Actually, do, I'm not sure that this is encouraging the behavior...By leaving the room and not giving in to the tantrum, hopefully the child will 'learn' the futility of the tantrum - that it doesn't gain anything. However, I fully recognize the "I'll give you something to cry about" phrase as I'm sure I heard it more than I wanted...

-Sepp said...

"I'll give you something to cry about" worked on me too. An early lesson on "cause and effect" since I never (that I can remember) chose to find out what the old man was going to "give" me to cry about.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Parenting 101:

Extend the child a firm open hand applied as needed to the bottom.

That will encourage the rapid unlearning of an undesired behavior.

What a manipulative little ham :-)

Being an enabler in this case should mean enabling the child to cry for a reason.