Max is a man of his word. Ever since he could talk, if we could get him to agree to something, I knew he wouldn't back out. If he said "O.K." we knew for sure that he would stick to whatever he agreed to, and never go back on his word.
Me: "Max, don't take any more cookies, O.K.?"
And I knew he wouldn't take another cookie.
Me: "Max, I don't want you to open the front door when the doorbell rings. Only Mom and Dad should answer it, O.K.?"
And I knew that he wouldn't answer the door.
Me: "Max, the oven is really hot. Don't go near it right now, O.K.?"
And I knew he wouldn't go near the oven.
Me: "Max, I will read you one more book and then you need to go to bed, O.K.?"
Max: "O.K. Mom."
And I knew that after the last page of the book had been read, he would get into his bed without a struggle.
Lately, Max seems to be afraid to commit to anything, but he's sneaky about it.
Me: "Max, after you finish breakfast, you need to get dressed, O.K.?"
Max glares at me.
Me: "Max, we have a bunch of things to do today, and you can't stay in your pajamas. When you're finished eating you need to get dressed, O.K.?"
Max continues glaring, and emits a small growl.
Me: "Max get dressed, O.K.?"
Me: "O.K.?.........................O.K.! .........................OK?!?!?!"
No Max, you need to say O.K."
Me: "No, say O.K.!"
Max: "O-Bay!............... O-Hay! .............O-Say!"
Apparently, he's found a loophole.