On Spitting…

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Every day I make Robbie repeat the same sentence several times. “I. Will. Not. Spit.” Variations may include “food”, “at the dog”, “on Daddy/Mama/any other individual in spitting range”.

But none of it really seems to work. Robbie repeats what I ask him to repeat. He gives me the obligatory, “Sowee.” And then he spits again, with that gleam in his eye. Sometimes, if I seem really angry, he avoids eye contact for a few minutes and then offers a sweet smile.

How do you deal with spitting? It’s not like I can take anything away from him (which is what I do when he throws things). Spanking seems too severe. Time outs don’t appear to do much good. And spitting back, while extremely tempting, is just gross. Maybe ignoring it is the way to go? Hoping he’ll stop if he doesn’t get attention? And do girls even do this?

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