Yesterday Mabel shared her child-wrangling expertise. “The way to get Henry to do anything is you have to make him sad. Like if you say, ‘Henry, let’s get your shoes on,” he’ll say, ‘No! No shoes!,’ but then if you say, ‘Okay, Henry, no shoes. You can’t wear your shoes,’ he’ll say, ‘YES SHOES!'”
A few minutes later I wanted to spray Henry’s hair with water and comb it. I said, “Henry, please bring me that squirt bottle.” “NO! NO COMB MY HAIR!” Pause. “Okay, don’t bring me the squirt bottle. No squirt bottle for you!” Henry stared at me for about two seconds, then screamed, “YES! YES SQUIRT BOTTLE!”
P.S. So, Lili, how does this post and photo make you feel?
P.P.S. Once Henry had fetched the squirt bottle, Mabel’s comment was: “The problem with that technique is that it always makes him scream.”