May 20, 2010

The "No, You" Rebuttal

One of the miracles of watching your son grow up is that you are able to chart his meteoric rise through the various levels of youthful witticism, skillful debate and flat-out smart-aleckness.

Lil Sippy Cup's latest accomplishment?  The "No, You" rebuttal.

Its genius lies in its simplicity.  He simply repeats whatever I've just finished saying to him, placing an emphatic "No, you..." before it.

Here's an example from earlier today:

Me: "What up champ?  You need to start cleaning up."

Lil Sippy Cup: "No, you need to start cleaning up!"

Me: "Wait, what?"

Lil Sippy Cup: "No, you wait what!"

Me: "I'm not even sure what's going on right now..."

Lil Sippy Cup: "No, you what's going on right now!"

Me: "Ok, that definitely doesn't make any sense."

Lil Sippy Cup: "No, you doesn't make any sense!"

Me: "Right.  I'm just going to walk away now.  I'll be back in 5 minutes."

Lil Sippy Cup: "Ok!"

I'm slowly starting to realize that it is extremely difficult to discipline a little boy with a set of logic skills that would make Aristotle proud. 

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