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Old 03-21-2012, 08:51 AM   #21
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Sounds like typical 1-50 yr behavior to me. LOL
I'm 40 and still argue with my mom like that but honestly I do it because I'm usually 99.9% of the time correct.

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Old 03-21-2012, 08:54 AM   #22
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Normal. My daughter (who is now 9) went through this phase. My response was ultimately "what are you willing to bet that you are right?" and I made her bet something meaningful. She lost a lot of priviledges/special treats/toys this way (in fact, I can't remember ever winning a bet), but she learned not to argue unless she was 99% certain she was right.
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New one today...their art teachers gave them little 'bracelets' (yarn/thread tied loosely around their wrist)

DD got red, DS got blue...DS asks DD why she got red...

DS- Why did you get a red bracelet? I thought purple was your favorite color
DD- they didn't have purple
DS- Yes they did I saw it.
DD- I didn't see it so I got red.
DS- But purple is your favorite color. You should have got purple.
DD- I like red too! I like all the colors of the rainbow!
DS- Aldria, you can't have more than 2 favorite colors
DD- I do! I like all the colors except for black.
DS- No, you can only have 2 favorites
Me-
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Re: Typical 7 year old behavior? Arguing about EVERYTHING???

New one today...their art teachers gave them little 'bracelets' (yarn/thread tied loosely around their wrist)

DD got red, DS got blue...DS asks DD why she got red...

DS- Why did you get a red bracelet? I thought purple was your favorite color
DD- they didn't have purple
DS- Yes they did I saw it.
DD- I didn't see it so I got red.
DS- But purple is your favorite color. You should have got purple.
DD- I like red too! I like all the colors of the rainbow!
DS- Aldria, you can't have more than 2 favorite colors
DD- I do! I like all the colors except for black.
DS- No, you can only have 2 favorites
Me-
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:59 PM   #25
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New one today...their art teachers gave them little 'bracelets' (yarn/thread tied loosely around their wrist)

DD got red, DS got blue...DS asks DD why she got red...

DS- Why did you get a red bracelet? I thought purple was your favorite color
DD- they didn't have purple
DS- Yes they did I saw it.
DD- I didn't see it so I got red.
DS- But purple is your favorite color. You should have got purple.
DD- I like red too! I like all the colors of the rainbow!
DS- Aldria, you can't have more than 2 favorite colors
DD- I do! I like all the colors except for black.
DS- No, you can only have 2 favorites
Me-
LOL Makes me kind of glad that mine are so far apart in age they can't really fight yet. Though I'm sure given time they will! lol So because she can't fight with her sister, she fights with her friends! Gah!

Older daughter also loves all the colors of the rainbow but her favorite favorite color is pink. lol
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LOL Makes me kind of glad that mine are so far apart in age they can't really fight yet. Though I'm sure given time they will! lol So because she can't fight with her sister, she fights with her friends! Gah!

Older daughter also loves all the colors of the rainbow but her favorite favorite color is pink. lol
My MDD is like this- and she argues like mad with her older sister and me. I can only imagine how she'll argue with her baby sis when she starts to talk.
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New one today...their art teachers gave them little 'bracelets' (yarn/thread tied loosely around their wrist)

DD got red, DS got blue...DS asks DD why she got red...

DS- Why did you get a red bracelet? I thought purple was your favorite color
DD- they didn't have purple
DS- Yes they did I saw it.
DD- I didn't see it so I got red.
DS- But purple is your favorite color. You should have got purple.
DD- I like red too! I like all the colors of the rainbow!
DS- Aldria, you can't have more than 2 favorite colors
DD- I do! I like all the colors except for black.
DS- No, you can only have 2 favorites
Me-
LOL, that is definitely like my 2.

The best is when he tries to correct me on some kind of basic math or science fact. I imagine he is going to drive some future lab partners up the wall as he goes through high school. Really thinks he knows everything.
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The thing about this personality (and my oldest is like this) is to refuse to engage them in the argument. Refuse. Don't point out that, "Yes. The sidewalk is dry. The grass is wet." Don't say, "That's not pasta sauce. That's salsa." Just say, "You are arguing. We don't argue." Then move on.

For the longest time, I thought that I should listen to my son no matter what. Then I realized that I was TEACHING him that it is appropriate to pick arguments with others. I was teaching him to say anything just so he could be "right" and "win." It doesn't help that his father does it as an adult and will literally refuse to ever concede anything. Ever. I kid you not. The wall could be blue. Several decorators will tell him it is blue. He will still insist that it is green.

My son has gotten so much better at not attempting to engage in arguments. He has caught himself starting and stopped. He has learned to say, "I'm not trying to argue, but I think this is the case." He has learned how to tactfully disagree. He has learned how to just let people think want they want to instead of having to correct them.

It was really rough on him when we first implemented the no arguing policy. It really, really frustrated him. Now I often don't even need to say anything when he starts. He catches himself. He's not perfect, but it's so.much.better.
I'm going to remember this for next time.


My 7 year old drives me crazy every day. It's mostly that I'll ask him to do something, and he has 5 other things he wants to do first. I'll remind him "what are you supposed to be doing?" and I get "I just needed to do this first". Those are the two words that make me want to scream - I just...
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