I really am concerned that Oliver might be awful if someone ever started crying in my living room. Worrying about things like that keeps me from doing anything productive.
Anyway-we were watching some reality show that involved bawling and he started in with the jeering and it just hit me-so I said, nicely "Oh No NO NO....Mister BIRD-when someone cries you say "I'm Sorry".
Then I proceeded to make crying noises and then say brightly "I'm sorry". Oliver tipped his head and watched and listened intently.
Finally-I bawled and bawled and asked "Now, what do you say Mister Bird?" and he puffed up importantly and said "You want some POPCORN?"
I choose to see this as step in the right direction, because he didn't shout OH BOO HOO HOO CRYBABY.
I know exactly where he learned this in the first place-the last season we watched The Biggest Loser it was a big cryfest and it annoyed me. Now when he does it and I'm crying it makes me laugh and feel better but I'd like to teach him a more appropriate default behavior just in case someone is upset and not so inclined to think everything Oliver does is perfect.
Yesterday it rained and we watched a remake of Night of the Living Dead. He started laughing and laughing and that made ME laugh and I thought there is no one on the planet I'd rather watch a zombie movie with than Mister Bird.