The Boy thinks if he says please, we should and will drop whatever we're doing and do his bidding. He thinks this because we usually do, because we can and because, let's be honest, it's damn cute when he says, "Peeeez." But in six months, I'll have another cute baby tyrant on my hands.
We are now in Operation Independent Play.
Some of it is a rehash of Operation Tantrum Control. When I tell him no, I can't dribble the ball endlessly for his amusement, I give him options about what he can do instead. When I tell him he has to wait for me to read a book, I ask him to sing a song or put away a toy or fetch something.
We also are trying something new. The Boy recently discovered the stuffed animals that have been hanging out in his room ignored for 18 months. He especially likes an orange cow like the one in "Mr. Brown Can Moo!" creatively named Moo, and Rocky Bear, which Grammy got him at birth and which was named after The Boy whose initials are R.O.C. Oh, and a nameless Monkey from Ohio. We've started telling him to play with Rocky Bear or read to Moo when he demands our attention. It's actually worked a couple times; I caught him reading "Goodnight Moon" to Moo this morning.
What else has worked for you guys? For those you without kiddos, how did your parents get you to play on your own?