My little monster often pretends that he is, in fact, a monster. A scary monster.
LM: “Mommy I want to you be really scared. Okay?” Here is where it gets good, “Now I am going to come over there and eat your pets.”
Yes. He likes to pretend that he is a monster who eats people’s pets.
Then he says: “Now, please be very very sad that I ate your pet.”
Don’t you love the manners? So I pretend to be very sad indeed.
LM: “Here, Mommy, don’t be sad, here is a new pet for you.” Holds his hands out to me.
Me: “But what about my other pet, I loved that pet.”
LM: “That pet was old. [scrunches his face] This is your new pet.”
The “new” pet is always a bunny who lives in a cage.
(More later about his explanation of what he wants us to do with him when he dies.)