This is a bit of a lighter subject. We are allowed to have some things to lighten the load, I reckon Following on from the discussion about humour, I have been trying to notice what my son finds funny. He is about as quick to laugh as he is to cry (that is to say very quick in both directions!) so this is not hard. The thing he seems to find funniest of all is when I PRETEND that I am doing something horrible or something he does not want. For example, his absolute favourite story is "Jack the Giant Killer" and this is de rigueur every night at bedtime. Well, tonight I announced before bedtime "Sorry, J, I've thrown the book away - you don't mind, do you?" This had him in absolute fits of delighted giggles. Or... when we play hide and seek, he finds it hilarious when I am pretending I cannot find him (this is more typical of a younger child, perhaps?) I do find that enlisting J's sense of humour is one of the best discipline tools with him. Making something "fun" makes him want to do it... whatever it is.