After threatening to take away his Halloween candy and two of the birthday gifts he had received from friends, I calmed down and was able to focus on my inner mantra. We managed to eat dinner, brush teeth and get ready for bed without strangling each other, but it was time to look for help--consistency and and a calm demeanor are not on the Top Five Awesome Things About Me list.
So I turned to the smartest person I know: the internets.
I googled "7 year old son talks back" and clicked on a link to a discussion called "How do you deal with back talk from your kid?" And there I found the best response ever:
"I rarely have that problem because my son already know mommy don't play that."
That what I want. I want Samson to finally figure out, once and for all, that mommy don't play that.
Push out the jive, bring in the love.