I have also discovered that if he wants something and I am ignoring him, he tries to take off my shoe. If he succeeds, he takes the shoe and puts in another location so I am forced to end whatever is happening to retrieve my shoe. He then thinks my attention should be turned to him.
While these things are happening, I try to figure out where he learned to do them. Sure, all my other kids like trying on my shoes. We all think it is cute and fun, but Casey doesn’t take my shoe to put it on. He just takes it away.
Then I figured it out. One day, the girls were playing in their room. They love to play ‘stories’ with their dolls, stuffed animals and ponies. The brothers invaded their space. Will must have been getting along or minding his own business but Casey was breaking up the story. I saw Evelyn walk by my bedroom door holding Chewy Sheep. Evelyn came back empty handed and Casey was left to find Chewy Sheep on his own. This happened several times. Each time it allowed the girls more time to tell the story without Casey present. Eventually, he got tired of chasing his sheep and decided to stay and play. His sister gave up and moved on to another activity.
Apparently this stuck with the little guy. I’m not sure why he has chosen my shoes as a means to divert my attention. I’m not really a shoe person, but I think it is because it is the only thing on me that he can manipulate.
At first, this tactic worked. I would stop whatever I was doing and follow the shoe. Now I have caught on to this and usually take my shoe put it back on and get to Casey when I’m done.
I wonder what he will try next?