This morning I felt a little bad for using a Poor Tone of Voice when I said to Rob that the bathroom door was not locked. He was trying to get in, and I knew there was no one in there, so I KNEW it could not be locked. And I was right, it wasn't, but it was stuck in such a way that he was not able to open it and it did seem locked, so it was not the right moment for my educational seminar on Logic & Reason: When a Door Can (and Cannot) Be Locked from the Inside.
If our roles had been reversed, I would have said something like, "Rob. I open that door many times a day with no problem. So if I say it's locked, I don't think you should jump to the conclusion that I'm suddenly for no reason unable to figure out how to open the door; I think you should assume there must be some Unusual Problem with the door." But did I follow that very sensible advice myself? No. He opens the door many times a day with no trouble, but when he says there's a problem I went into eye-rolling "he's suddenly for no reason unable to figure out how to open the door" mode. NICE.
To be fair, this is a child who will repeatedly answer in the affirmative, even when I know it should be negative and am giving him plenty of opportunities to reconsider. He'll be looking for his shoes, and I'll say, "Did you look for them under the couch?" "Yes." "Really, you looked under the couch?" "Yes!" "Are you sure you looked under the couch? Because I'm pretty sure I saw your shoes there earlier." "YES! I'm SURE." "Maybe you looked under there another time, or maybe you THOUGHT you looked under there but actually..." "I looked. under. the couch." "Rob, look under the couch." "*HEAVY SIGH* Okay, fine, but I DID LOOK..........Oh, HERE they are!"
We've even had a similar "locked door" problem with the front door, which has a tricky latch. He'll say, "I can't unlock the door!" and I'll say, "It WAS unlocked---now you've locked it!" And he'll say, "No, I turned the latch the other way and NOW it's locked," and I'll say, "No, it isn't, just turn the knob harder," and he'll say, "NO, it's......oh."
Rob once told me that his favorite thing was to say something back to someone else until they ran out of things to say and he won. Way to tip your hand, buddy. And also: NO KIDDING.
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