How is it that the small boy (SB) and the dog (just dog) both have figured out how to totally tune me out and ignore me? Did my dog train the SB, or am I so annoying that they’ve both conspired to go selectively deaf together? Have my cries of, “put that down/get that out of your mouth/don’t lick your shoes (really)/SLOOOOWWWW DOWNNNNN” really gotten that boring and repetitive?
I’ve also tried the whispering/silent approach, which only garnered SB more freedom because then it was even easier to go selectively deaf. Plus I felt like the Jewish mother version of Dirty Harry. “Go ahead – make my day – lick that shopping cart. Are you feeling lucky, punk?”
I actually read in a book that growling gets your kid’s attention. Sure, so does setting yourself on fire or blowing up the house, but it’s easy to see why that approach isn’t taken too often. Growling? Can you imagine being in line at the store and hearing some frazzled mom growling at her kids? You’d think you ended up in one of those “People of Walmart” emails that floats around. And then you’d duck and cover until the authorities hauled her away.
I wonder how much I could get a Bullhorn for? That could make quite an impact at the library when SB’s tearing through the racks and in high ignoring mode (HIM). But on the bright side, I’m getting pretty good at the wind sprints through the children’s section…