i realised this child has a tough life. armed with new found child psychology ideas and not wanting to brand a child's behaviour i opted for a more nuanced approach.
caught myself saying: stop it. dont sound like a hindi film child artiste.
(all goody goody and adult sounding, and ofcourse suffering parental oppression)
and another time: please dont talk like a walt disney character.
(all whiny and nasal)
and: speak up and answer me i almost added, and not like a 70s art film heroine.
(all pauses and muttering type)
whatever happened to good old bad girl, good girl!