IVAN, THE TERRIBLE
A Stevie and DMK Production
Sure, he looks sweet and innocent but, your boy has gained quite a reputation this year. He has a new nickname: Ivan The Terrible. (More about him being in that tree in a bit.)
Here is how Ivan's year has gone:
Last spring, at a Little League game, Ivan got upset at his friend and fellow player, Johnny. Ivan whacked Johnny in the head with a bat. Fortunately Johnny wasn't hurt even though the bat did break. The coach informed you of Ivan's actions and kicked Ivan off of the team. You told Ivan that was a bad thing he did.
Over the summer, Ivan found a frog and hid the poor amphibian in his teen sister's bed. Your older daughter has severe ranidaphobia and, after screaming her head off, promptly informed you of Ivan's actions. You told Ivan that was a bad thing to do.
Your spouse bought a new and expensive Persian rug and, despite being told not to, Ivan was drawing with his India inks while sitting on the rug and spilled them. This permanently stained the rug. Your spouse was very upset and informed you of the issue. You told Ivan that he did a bad thing.
Ivan caught a grasshopper and, instead of releasing the poor insect, Ivan forced your younger son, Tommy, to eat the bug. Tommy got very sick and started vomiting. Tommy informed you that Ivan made him eat a bug. You let Ivan know that he did a bad thing.
Ivan made himself some counterfeit coins out of electrician's slugs and took them to the local grocery and tried to purchase chewing gum with them. The store manager informed you of this. You told Ivan he did a bad thing. You decided it was time to be more firm with your terrible son and so you told him, if his bad behavior continued, that he would get no presents at Christmas. (No, you weren't serious but Ivan didn't have to know that.)
Ivan's behavior improved for an entire week and you were happy.
Ivan then put a tack on his teacher's chair. The teacher sent a note home informing you of what happened. You reminded Ivan that he did a bad thing.
The little girl that lives next door to you has really long hair; her name is Susie. Ivan grabbed Susie and tied her hair up in knots. Susie's mother informed you of this and asked you to please have your son leave her daughter alone. You told Ivan that he did a bad thing to Susie.
Ivan got angry with your spouse and retaliated by stomping down all of the plants in your spouse's flower bed. Your spouse informed you of this and suggested that Ivan needed a firmer hand. You acknowledged that Ivan did a bad thing but said the boy was responding to being threatened with no Christmas presents.
You got Ivan a new pair of overalls and told him they were for school and to not play in them. Ivan immediately climbed a tree (see above) and tore his new overalls. Ivan informed you of what happened. You reminded Ivan that disobedience was a bad thing and told him he was not going to get any Christmas presents.
Your mother came to visit and your mother loves coffee with lots of sugar. Ivan brought some ants in the house and released them in to the sugar bowl. Your mother informed you of this because she was very startled to see ants in the sugar and, anyway, she missed out on her coffee. Ivan said it was a joke. You told Ivan that it was a bad thing to do.
Having had enough of Ivan the Terrible's actions you told him that he definitely would not be getting anything for Christmas.
Ivan looked at you and said, "I didn't want nuttin' anyway!"
Is it time to try a different approach with Ivan? If so, what?