Monday, February 28, 2011

"I Can't"

Over the past week or so I have begun to truly hate the phrase "I can't!" It is CJ's new favorite phrase and I actually think I hate it more than when he would say, "No!" all the time.

"CJ, put your toys away!"

"I can't!"

"CJ, go potty!"

"I can't!"

"CJ, sit down!"

"I can't!"

I have told him that can't is a bad word and I do not want to hear it anymore, but I swear he says it more. If you repeat any of these instructions to him he'll just keep saying, "I can't!" over and over again. We all know that he can do all of these things. It's not that he can't it's that he doesn't want to. It has been a major source of aggravation in our household lately. The only thing that has gotten him to even reluctantly attempt to do these things is to tell him that we can't do things for him like let him have whatever toy he wants to play with or watch whatever TV program he wants to watch. That's not even guaranteed to work. He has lost quite a few of his things over the past week over these very same battles.

Someone please take the words "I can't" out of my son's vocabulary!