Two boys are doing what middle school boys do–slapping at each other and running about. One of the boys is the instigator and has been doing this quite a bit for a few days. I call him over…
Me: This whole hitty-mchitterton and punchy-mcpuncherton thing you’ve got going is very typical for your age, but I would like you to grow out of it now, okay?
We’ll see if it the power of suggestion works.