When I Bring Out the Scare Tactics…

Standard

“Let me wipe off that purple stain on your lips.”

“No, I want to see it in the mirror first.”

“You know, Sweetie, you could learn to be more cooperative when Mommy or Daddy tries to help you, rather than always being so opinionated.”

“I want to see it in the mirror first.”

“…that means sometimes you could just do what Mommy or Daddy says when Mommy or Daddy tries to help you.”

“What if I am in a hole in the ground?”

“Excellent example.  Say if you’re in a hole in the ground and Mommy drops down a rope and asks you to hold on to the rope, so Mommy can pull you out, and you say, ‘No, I don’t like holding on to a rope!’  That wouldn’t be very helpful, would it?”

“Maybe you should find a ladder instead.”

“Umm…no, a ladder wouldn’t work because it would take too long to find one, and if a big bear comes and tries to eat you up that wouldn’t be very good.”

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