This morning I overheard by 2 year old punishing himself. He was shouting at himself (in a really nasty tone) "you go to your room and think about it", "it's time for time-out", "that is a naughty thing to do", etc.
I know he was just role-playing and that it's a healthy part of development, but it made me sad! Do I talk like that?! (I know I say those things, but do I really sound so mean?) Is that just stuck in his little memory? What about all the nice things I say, why doesn't he role-play that?!
I would have been happier if he had said quietly to himself in a calm tone of voice, "honey, I can see you are upset and I am upset too. Maybe you should go to your room and spend some quiet time with yourself for awhile. that's a good boy. I love you."
Yeah right. Apparently, I'm just as much of a nag as the next mom.