I received three Love and Logic books for Christmas. I've read one- Helicopters, Drill Sergeants and Consultants. I'm definitely falling into the Drill Sergeant category, despite all efforts to be a good "Consultant. (one who guides the child into making correct decisions, who guides them to be good problem solvers and to think for themselves)" I've began reading Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood and so far its a great book although I'm having a hard time figuring out how to apply it to Porter's issues.
See... Porter is a great problem solver. He's great at thinking for himself.
Want those cookies opened?
Go get the scissors and open them yourself!
Can't reach the scissors?
Drag a chair into the kitchen from the dining room.
Made a mess with the baking soda all over the kitchen floor?
Attempt to sweep it up with the broom before mom comes downstairs.
Mom didn't cut up my grapes for lunch?
Get out a knife and do it yourself.
I'm just not sure what to do with the kid anymore! Aside from attaching him to me with one of those child leashes, its ridiculous how much trouble he can get into when left alone for just a minute. Like today.... I was in the bathroom getting ready and Porter was in there with me. He said the hair dryer was too loud so he walked out of the bathroom and closed the door behind him. Signal #1. I thought... hmm... he must be getting into something. I turned off the hairdryer, literally seconds after he closed the door, and walked out of the bathroom and into his room to find him with the can of Hudson's formula (which had been on the table in the hall) dumped on his bedroom floor. GAHH! I blew a fuse for sure and out the door went all the Love and Logic. DAMN!
I'm wondering if I need to get the Love and Logic Magic: When Kids Leave You Speechless because he definitely leaves me speechless many times a week.