"No, Adam" seems to be my favorite phrase these days.
Here's a typical conversation, following Adam doing something he shouldn't:
Me: "No, Adam, that is not nice!"
A: "I help you mama"
Me: "Adam, shoving Cheerios up Matthew's nose is not really helping me."
A: "I help you mama, see!" (Again, trying to shove a Cheerio up Matthew's nose)
Me: "Adam, Adam, Adam. We need to let mommy feed Matthew, ok? You need to be nice to Matthew. He's your brother and you need to love him."
A: (in a very sweet and tender voice) "Jesus loves me...." Oh yes, that's right... he resorts to singing "Jesus Loves Me."
Me: "Yes, Bubba, Jesus loves you. And you need to show His love to Matthew, by not hurting him" (Oh...he's one fortunate kid to have Jesus on his side... because...whew... soooommme days)
A: "Mama, Mama..." (as he grabs my face so we are nose to nose) "I hungry mama"
Me: "You just ate five minutes ago. Remember your waffle?"
A: "Eggs and milk, please."
Me: "Maybe you can have that later. Can you tell your brother you are sorry for hurting him? And tell him you love him?"
A: "Jesus loves me..." (clever little child)
Me: "Adam. Your brother, please"
A: "Machew... Jesus loves you..."
Me: TRYING NOT TO SCREAM!!!! "Adam, you need to apologize to your brother and tell him you love him, please"
A: "Machew... I loave you and I sowwy"
Me: "Thank you Adam, that was very nice!"
And...as I walk away... Adam picks up a Cheerio and shoves it up his brother's nose... SIGH.
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