Do you have a kid who is silly/funny all the time and everyone doesn’t always take him seriously (including you sometimes)? And/or maybe he likes to act all the time and he’s great at it but you know he’s just acting? Well, my oldest child is the silly/funny actor guy that I’m describing and he’s great at acting and usually I know he’s acting. He will usually use ketchup or jelly and put it on one of his body parts (arm or leg) and say he’s bleeding, but I know its just food. The other day I thought he was doing just that since he had red candy, but he didn’t like it and decided to spit it out, when he came back he claimed that his (pinky) toe was bleeding. When I looked at it (from far away) it didn’t look realistic for the amount of “blood” that was bleeding and I thought he was just playing around like he always does plus he was laughing. He decided to go take a shower (which is rare in the early afternoon for him) and wiped off the “blood”. The next day I see a cut on his toe and ask him where/when he got the cut and he answered me saying yesterday when I told you. Well, it looked like he wasn’t playing around after all and the cut really did look bad.
This reminded me of the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. You know the story where the boy said he saw a wolf and everyone came running believing him but he was just joking around. Then he did the same thing a second time and everyone believed him again. But when he cried wolf the third time everyone was over it and did not believe any of his lies, except this time it wasn’t a lie, it was the real deal. This is the same thing that I thought of my son, he’s always playing around that when the time comes and something really does happen that I didn’t see, I don’t always take him seriously.
At the end of the day, I love that my son has a humorous side to him, but I want to teach him to balance his funny side and his serious side. I don’t ever want there to be a real life threatening situation where someone doesn’t take him seriously.
What about you, do you have a funny/silly kid who’s always making people laugh? Or a kid who likes to act a lot and is good at it? Has he/she ever cried “wolf”? How did you handle the situation? Do you teach him/her to balance their silly side and their serious side?