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September 6th, 2003
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on manners...
We are working with Quinn on his manners--with good success...at three, he says please, thank you, you're welcome...He's a little rough on addressing grown-ups properly. (Our neighbor, Bill Davis, is just "Davis" to Quinn, as in "Davis, are you there?" Bill got a hoot out of that one; Quinn's looking right at him asking this question...what else could he say: "Yes, I'm here, Quinn.")

So we were over at Karen's, (AKA "Miss Davis"), house--one of Quinn's favorite hang-outs because of her 11 and 16 year-old children who like to play with him--and it was time to go home to dinner. I finally had to pick him up and carry him home, to writhing and wails of "PLEASE put me down! PLEASE put me down!" Karen was mightily amused..."At least he's polite about it," she remarked.

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From:christilyn
Date:September 6th, 2003 05:56 am (UTC)
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What a sweetie! :)
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From:happypete
Date:September 6th, 2003 06:04 am (UTC)

Yeah...

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...and my son's pretty cute, too. *

* this is Pete's new pick-up line.
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From:christilyn
Date:September 6th, 2003 06:13 am (UTC)

Re: Yeah...

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That's my Petey!
From:franticnights
Date:September 6th, 2003 05:57 am (UTC)
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Aw, he sounds adorable, and clever too :)
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From:happypete
Date:September 6th, 2003 06:03 am (UTC)

it's the joys of three-dom...

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he's so cute, you have to remind yourself that just because he asks nicely or is really cute, he still doesn't get to have his way 24/7...

This is the hard part of parenting for me...my friends will tell you I've always been a sucker for tears and a real pushover.

I've even found myself saying (half-jokingly, but still the words came out verbatim from the cliche): "Because I'm the daddy, and you're the little boy, that's why."
From:franticnights
Date:September 6th, 2003 06:30 am (UTC)

Re: it's the joys of three-dom...

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Lol, but it's your right as a parent to use those words. They sure worked on me when I was a kid!
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From:happypete
Date:September 6th, 2003 07:56 am (UTC)

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Heh...I know...but it just seems so LAME!
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Date:September 6th, 2003 07:59 am (UTC)
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From:happypete
Date:September 6th, 2003 08:18 am (UTC)

Re: it's the joys of three-dom...

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sigh...

Yeah, it's not a magic bullet..but we're pretty good at reinforcing the other side of the equation--shouting I WANT CHOCOLATE MILK! never achieves the desired result...

The polite variant frequently (but not always) does...
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From:angelovernh
Date:September 7th, 2003 07:41 am (UTC)
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ROFLMAO!!! to the "Please put me down" screaming..
giggle!
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From:happypete
Date:September 7th, 2003 07:54 am (UTC)

yeah...

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he's cute, and a hoot to boot!
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