GZ in the background, playing with Naomi’s slinky: “Slinky, slinky, slinky!”
Me: “It’s nice to see you playing with the slinky so nicely!” (realization dawns on me that it’s not his)
Yeah, I took it cuz Naomi wasn’t using it!
Hmm. How would you feel if Naomi came in and took Skelly [his squishy skeleton] because you weren’t using him?
Because he’s MY toy!
Well, maybe Naomi would feel sad because you took the slinky and the slinky is her friend?
The slinky is not a friend!
Well, what about your squishy ball? It’s not a friend with eyes, but how would you feel if she took it?
Because it’s MINE!
I’m going to go ask Naomi if I can use her slinky.
(sets down the slinky… talking in the bedroom, GZ rushes back)
Me: “Well? What did she say?”
GZ: “I’m not going to tell you.”
(Naomi rushes in to rescue her slinky.)
Me: “Naomi, the truth is, you were not using the slinky and he asked you nicely… so I want you to think about whether you really want it back right now or if maybe he can use it for a few minutes.”
Naomi: “How about in 10 minutes?”
GZ: “Sure! Then I can play with it for a long time!”
“Slinky, slinky, slinky… it’s jumping on my boots!”