“Shut Up, Mommy,” Saith the toddler
I have always been pretty lax about rude, disrespectful kids. Yet no one who spends time with my kids would ever describe them as rude or disrespectful. Just the opposite. (Don’t worry – they have plenty of other questionable traits!) Being rude and disrespectful may not get you in trouble around here, but it will get you laughed at and scooted aside. Great powers do not need to respond to petty beligerance.
The day will come when Olivia can be taught the value of kind words. She’ll learn soon enough; you don’t have to agree with me and you don’t have to like it. You just have to do what I say.