What to do when your kid drives you insane? I find this tip very cute:
THE MONA LISA
Say nothing, show no emotional reaction, and deploy a slightly amused, faintly dismissive expression that says, in effect, “Pretty good for a novice, but nowhere near good enough to get to me.” – Immediate effect The Mona Lisa will de-escalate the child’s behaviour. The child may finish the current diatribe but will probably not go on beyond that. – Long-term effect Decreases slightly the likelihood of future battles. The Mona Lisa shows the child — more effectively than simple ignoring would — that provocative misbehaviour will not get a satisfying rise out of you. – Side effects You’re asking a lot of yourself, in terms of restraint, because you will feel that you have not taught the child a lesson and that you permitted yourself to be abused, but you will have modelled restraint, the very behaviour you wish to teach here.
Tanya adds: Hey Brigitte… have you ever tried this on an adult? It works rather well!by