J&N had a little fight last night while I was making dinner. I heard the altercation and then crying so I went in to check. N was crying - J was jumping on the couch. I think we can all figure out what likely happened. But I am a reader, and having read way too many parenting books, I do try to incorporate the various discipline approaches in my day.
So I asked them both, "Tell me what happened here."
J says nothing. N says, "J hit me."
(Now we're getting somewhere...)
"Where did he hit you?" I ask.
N says, "In the living room!"
Sigh. The parenting books generally don't tell you how to keep a straight face while doing this stuff.