Bennett is having a BAD day today, behaviorally speaking, so I’m choosing to focus on one of his positive attributes. Deep breath…
Bennett has recently taken on a new hobby.
Some friends with kids a few years older than ours joked several years ago, when Luke was probably 2 years old, that someday, the “Stupid Police” would move in with our family. And sure enough, it happened before Luke was 3, when he started correcting us every time we said the word “stupid.” Of course, the list of offensive words grew as he did; words like hate, dead, idiot, dumb and many others joined the list. Thankfully, no real curse words were added! (I was glad to read of other parents experiencing this phenomenon, too.)
And for a while now, Bennett’s taken over the role as the captain of the Stupid Police. However, he’s taken this MUCH further than Luke ever did.
He now reports to me every time he sees someone smoking…this is usually when we’re driving and there’s someone in the car next to us committing an “offense.” We have the same conversation every time: “S/he is not a bad person, but s/he’s making a choice that isn’t very healthy. I hope that you don’t make that choice when you’re older.” Bennett always says, “Oh, I won’t,” as I whisper a prayer that my orally-fixated child who already bites his nails to the nubbins won’t pick up another bad habit.
The other “offense” he always reports to me is when he sees anyone, adult or child, riding a bike without a helmet. They get a second demerit if they also have the gall to stand up on their pedals while biking. This one really cracks me up.
Oh! I nearly forgot that there’s one more: he reports on every Cubs fan spotting like it’s his job.
Consider yourselves warned.