Maybe you could help me? I?m at a loss for ideas.
Leo (2.5yo) has been slamming and 'killing' stuffed animals the last week or so saying "Die!" "Bam! Blood all over the place". Last night he wasn't listening and was hitting Forrest (8mo) and I told him to go to his room. "Mommy are you going to kill me?". I wasn?t yelling or angry, I had just matter of factly told him to go to his room because he wasn?t listening and was hitting.
The thing is, Leo is a happy, gentle, playful, obstinate 2.5 yo. There is only one place this behaviour can come from. We don?t watch TV. He hasn?t seen the news. He doesn?t watch movies. He might see a facebook page every once in a while.
The behaviour Leo is displaying is an exact replica of how Skyler ?plays? with his, Ivy, and Leo?s toys. He thinks it?s cool to play wrestle and slam and Kill (he used to do it with Spiderman, now he is completely into WWE). He is constantly slamming them, killing them, punching them. Skyler doesn?t know how to play gently, imaginatively or just to explore (i.e. pretend to be a mouse, fish, elephant, dog). I've asked him not to display this aggressive obnoxious, bloody play in front of the kids, especially with the kids? toys. He ignores me. Leo is just copying Skyler - identically.
When I told Skyler about my concern about his lack of listening, and it?s affects, he laughed and thought it was hilarious. "I wish I could see that!"
I lost it on him.
How does a person deal with this situation? Any ideas?
To make matters harder, Skyler is with us every other week throughout the year.
He just thinks it?s funny and I?m ?unreasonable?. ?Unreasonable? in his books is defined as ?not what Skyler wants?.