We are driving together after an exhausting day and JB and I are not patient. At first we snip a comment or two, and then one of us adds a pinch of sarcasm. It didn't take long after that to begin arguing.
"Dammit JB," I say. "You drive me crazy!"
"So do you," she snaps back.
Then, from nowhere: Sillypants.
We have forgotten that Mr. Ryan age four is in the back seat.
I turn around.
"Ryan, what did you say?"
"Sillypants," he repeats.
And then he says, "That's what you say when people are fighting and then they stop."
"Ryan, who told you that?"
"You made it up yourself?"
To recap: two adult woman start bickering and arguing with one another and it's headed nowhere good until a four year old little boy intervenes.
It was the best diffusion he could think of.
It worked so well I am recommending it without reservation.
It could save a person years of counseling.
Try it: Sillypants
See what I mean?