But with him being able to understand what we tell him now, Jeff and I have begun to tell him “too much animals Raiyan” when we genuinely feel like it’s getting a tad excessive. And the funny thing is Raiyan seems to totally get our complaints because we have noticed that he’s developed a conscience on this.
Take last Friday when he was playing some animal game on the computer and so I told him to play something else apart from animals. He giggled and said “okay.. too much animals..” (like “ I know, I know I’ve been playing too much animals when I’m not supposed to”). And then later on in the day (after having a 2 hour ABA session) he went back to the computer but this time, I sat next to him from the start (without any intention to check up on him at all mind you!). He nervously turned to me and said “Mama, can you get out of the room please?” Of course it immediately clicked to me that he wanted me out because he wanted to continue playing his animal game! Lol! But I’m so happy to see that he realised he wasn’t supposed to be playing with it after what I told him earlier! Seeing how he worked so hard during his 2 hour session and since I know he himself realises that he needs to reduce his animal playtime, I let him play with it anyway. :D (but for just 15 minutes..)
But that’s not all folks. Anybody that knows Raiyan would know that you don’t get off that easily with him as sometimes he has his own arguments up his sleeve to throw back at us. Yesterday, Jeff told me when he picked Raiyan up from school and Jo was there, Raiyan was telling Jo “Jo, Babah said too much animals..” and then Jo said “well I think it’s not really your fault since you’re constantly surrounded by animals anyway”(it’s true though isn’t it, and this is especially so if you are a child because in his classroom alone, there are at least 20 different types of animal “thing” to see). Upon hearing Jo’s response, Raiyan cheekily turned to Jeff and said “see!” and gave a POUT on top of that too- all to prove the point that it’s not entirely his fault that there are “too much animals!”
And to add weight on to his point even more, when we were at my sis-in-law’s place, he was given a pillow that had animals print on it to which he called out to Jeff “Babah, SEE, this has animals toooooo...” (Again, to prove his point that too much animals is NOT necessarily his fault!) Ain’t that the cuuuteesst thing?? Ha ha ha