It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s The Tackler and his Super Power!

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.

The Tackler “reads” Bobbi’s biology book while in the latter mode.
The second zone stems from  his concentration being so focused on something else, he becomes immersed in his own little world.  Unless I NEED his attention (for dinner, or because leaving) I do not disrupt these modes.  These are often his SPONGE MODE times, when I can almost see the wheels in his head turning as he learns something.  Other times, his mind is literally in his imaginary world.  I love to watch him when in either part of these zones.

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.

I love to see The Tackler in the Sponge Mode of Selective Hearing. This also happens quite often (although it can be frustrating if you have to go somewhere, as getting him out of this mode is about as easy as forcing him to listen to his swim teacher).


He practices the letter Q on his dry erase cards.

Whether it is reading a book, practicing his letters, or playing with his trains, the focus he applies when in The Zone is amazing.
If only I had those powers of concentration.
Or at least a little more Selective Hearing power…..
He draws his letter “A” on the magnadoodle (this is how he learned his alphabet and his shapes before he was 15 months old).
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About Kelly K @ Dances with Chaos

Kelly K has learned the five steps to surviving of motherhood: 1) Don't get mad. Grab your camera. 2) Take a photograph. 3) Blog about it. 4) Laugh. 5) Repeat. She shares these tales at Dances with Chaos in order to preserve what tiny amount of sanity remains. You can also find her on her sister blog, Writing with Chaos (www.writingwithchaos.com) sharing memoir and engaging in her true love: fiction writing. It's cheaper than therapy.
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4 Responses to It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s The Tackler and his Super Power!

  1. Kelly K says:

    I neglected to add (due to baby girl waking up) that I'm hoping The Tackler will learn to use his powers for good (the latter type) as opposed to evil.Darn that Power of the Dark Side.

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