If it seems too good to be true

it almost always is.

Hunter started out the day so well. She got up happy, was pleased as punch with her role in preparing my V Day breakfast and got dressed for preschool with no drama at all.

Then I left the room for about 30 seconds to get the hairbrush from the bathroom, and almost immediately heard Hugo start to cry in his unmistakable she’s-done-something-to-me way.

I rushed out and asked what had happened and Hunter gleefully admitted that she had pushed him with her foot, knocking him to the floor. I told her she would need to go for the naughty chair for that, and she trotted off without a care in the world, stopping on the way to slap me across the belly.

While she was on the naughty chair I was packing her bag and didn’t realise Hugo had crawled out next to her, until I heard him scream. She had grabbed him by the back of the head and pushed his face into the screen door. I know this because, again, she admitted it. She was on the verge of laughing as she told me.

I told her I was very angry and disappointed. This delighted her. I was so enraged I wanted to kill her but I tried hard to keep myself under control. She eventually got the message that I was beyond angry and had the good sense to stop smiling and laughing. After a very stern discussion she shed a few tears and we agreed that if she hurts him again we’ll have to institute some new consequences because the naughty chair does not seem to be having an impact on her.

If she hurts Hugo again, her swing is being taken down. That will be a big loss for her. I hope I can remind her with enough time for her to stop, think, and not do it.

Meanwhile, I am still baffled by her behaviour. She really was being very good, right up to the instant she started being very bad. There was no trigger other than opportunity.

It goes without saying that I will be extra careful about leaving H&H together from now on, but it’s just not a practical possibility to watch them every second of the day, so Hunter really has to learn that the no hitting/pushing/shoving rule is non-negotiable.

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