Let me be clear. Even a bad day with Storm isn't "bad" like some! He's just been pretty good from the very start, and aside from the problems one would naturally expect from a nine year old that's just being introduced to having a real job, he's been super easy so far.
That doesn't mean he's perfect! And the best thing is, Storm's no poker player. When he thinks life has become unfair, he just plain has a temper tantrum. Nothing personal, but he's going to "get pissy". So far, my most frequent thing to say to Storm is "don't get your knickers in a twist".
This seems to happen when Storm doesn't get his own way...just like a spoiled child being told that they can't go play til their assignments are done. Wah,wah, wah. Much drama insues. Much bewilderment as well when I'm just not particularly impressed. Much thinking about what to do next.
The nicest thing about Storm, (among many nice things) is that he LOVES being told he's done something right. Something cool. Something amazing. Like standing still in the long lines while facing the barn when he thinks that the other horses might be thinking about dinner. That's a big one for him! But, hmmmm, getting neck scratches and being a rock star, is pretty cool too and we haven't let anybody steal his dinner yet.
So, we're making progress! For whatever reason, Tuesday, he couldn't make a mistake! Wednesday was almost as good and today was not bad at all. The best part about today, was that he started to "go bad" and decide that he didn't want to play my game