My son has a super power. I am currently trying to find a Kryptonite to render this power useless, but to no avail so far.
The Tackler has Selective Hearing. And it runs strong in him.
It seems to have two modes to it. One is a problem and results urges to hang him upside down until he does listen, or remove all things enjoyable until boredom makes him listen. The other mode demonstrates his amazing focus, and I never tire of seeing him when he’s in “the zone.”
The former is on purpose. He KNOWS he should be listening, and figures what is being said is not worth it, and thus, does not. This appears to be the most common use of the Selective Hearing power. And the most frustrating.
Zone 1 – blithely ignoring anything he’s told to do is making me want to re-enact the Homer-strangling-Bart scene from the Simpsons. A LOT.
The Tackler doesn’t listen when you tell him not to knock over his sister. He doesn’t seem to listen to the consequences. He doesn’t listen to most requests about cleaning up (unless the vacuum is involved). For all intents and purposes, he’s deaf.
The worst cases are swim lessons. The instructor he has he absolutely WILL NOT listen to. She might as well not even be there for all the good it’s doing. I’m afraid we’ll have to cancel lessons because of it. And no matter what enticement or punishment is offered, NOTHING seems to induce him to turn off the Selective Hearing power. I think we might try a different instructor to see if it helps, but I’m not holding out a lot of hope.
He practices the letter Q on his dry erase cards.