In parenting, kids test patiences.
Given the perfectionist streak in me, I try to moderate my expectations. Still, they pushed all the buttons. In response, I pushed their buttons too.
Z was in his perpetual lala land.
It gnawed at me when he was not consistent.
Or looking at it from the flip side, he was consistently careless.
I encouraged him.
I scolded him.
I gave him a pep talk.
I smacked him for consistent careless mistakes.
I cancelled his play dates.
Eventually, much gratitude to Pokémon Go team for rolling out Gen 2. I threatened to delete his pokemons in order of most recently caught. It worked to a certain extent. At first, he said he had them on Pokedex. When it came to really selecting the 1000++ CP Mantine, he cried.
I felt bad for the kid, also became I knew it was a 10km egg Pokemon. Hence, I gave him an extra lifeline. He got to trade additional pages of work (without careless mistake) to redeem the pokemons from deletion.
Thank you, Pokémon Go!