We were working on "please" tonight. Because this afternoon, they were snatching the Nilla wafers out of my hand and running away!
When they came back for another, I told them to be polite and say "please."
Much whining ensued. "Cooo-kie? Coook-kie? Coook-ie? Waaaahhhh!" Then running away.
This went on for just a minute until M said, "Pweeze?" like it was all his idea. I handed him the cookie, and said, "thank you, Mommy. You're welcome." just reinforce that that's how the communication works. He smiled and bit the cookie, running away to play.
N watched the exchange, then....
lunged at me, trying to grab the cookie out of my hand, then pitched himself onto the floor with a big, "WAAAHHHHH!"
He's a little dramatic and I did not fall for this.
An hour or so later, when they saw me sneak a Nilla wafer, maybe or maybe not on purpose, we tried it again.
"Say please," I prompted.
"Pweeeeeeze?" M asked. I handed him the cookie and he scampered away. Then I prompted N, who'd again seen how it works.
Once more, I was attacked by a frantic toddler, desperate for a Nilla wafer. No cookie. He was quite upset with me.
Half an hour later, one of them spotted the Nilla wafer box on the counter and immediately M said, "Cookie? Pweze? Cookie? Pweze?" Seriously, who can resist THAT?
N must have been pretty desperate because, after a little prompting, he said, "Pee."
That was the sweetest cookie in the box.