Over the past week or so, The Boy has started to act quite silly during his play time. This is, of course, developmentally appropriate and mostly welcome. Today, for instance, it's quite welcome, even if it does occasionally get frustrating. As I've said on a number of occasions, I would SO MUCH rather deal with "normal" toddler issues than any of this cancer stuff. Right now, for instance, he's trying to play with the blinds that cover the inter-room windows. Sigh. He threw a minor fit, distracted by being plopped into a chair with a Winnie the Pooh telephone.
Which just got thrown onto the floor. This is two minutes after a small amount of turkey got thrown onto the floor, after a large amount of turkey got thrown onto the floor, after a telephone handle got thrown onto the floor, after a cell phone got thrown onto the floor. Sensing a trend? Me, too.
Okay, so how does one discipline an extremely hypertensive toddler, when a fit that goes on a little too long can cause, say, a stroke? Your guess is as good as mine. I'm trying to reward good behavior with attention and enthusiasm and "reward" negative behavior with less attention and more indifference. This doesn't necessarily jibe with, say, my father's methods of discipline, but cancer treatments aren't necessarily compatible with normal child rearing methods.
We'll figure it out. Right now, though, he's preparing to dump a thing of Cheerios, so I'm going to intercept. Later!