The kids were playing together tonight when things got a little out of hand. Liam was getting too rowdy and kicked Lydia in the stomach. She cried and cried. I put Liam in time out. When I got him out of time out I had him apologize to her. “I’m thorry,” he sang jumping around. I encouraged him hold still and be serious and look her in the eye and apologize and tell her what he was sorry for. It took a while and several more threats to go back to time out but he finally managed “I’m thorry for kicking you.” I am trying to get them to communicate better so I had Lydia tell Liam how it made her feel with sincere hopes that then he’d care. With giant tears in her eyes and her little hands on Liam’s shoulders she said “It made me feel really sad when you kicked me. And it hurt me really bad.” Thinking that he possibly had a change of heart, I asked “Do you like making your sister feel this way?” “YES!!!!!!” he exclaimed jumping up and down. Sigh. Trying not to laugh, I thumped him in the chest and said “You are so naughty sometimes!” Well, that did it. He grabbed his chest and staggered backwards theatrically. He poked out that bottom lip about as far as he could and said very dramatically “You spanked me in the heart!” I about died! One. I barely touched you. Two, I have never, ever spanked you. And three, I see an academy award in your future! 
WOW! He knows exactly how to make me laugh every time. 

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