DS is 3 and mimics EVERYTHING he sees. The sillier/wilder/stupider the better.
He spent a week at day camp and now smacks himself in the head, hard. A lot. Sometimes he looks like Homer Simpson: <smack> "ow"<smack>"ow".... etc.
We really don't like the behavior for a number of reasons. His dad, however, gets super angry and threatens to end whatever fun they're doing (reading, playing, whatever) and send him to his room if he continues. Unfortunately, this seems to be a compulsion after only a few days. We are tired of telling him not to do it, but he doesn't stop. I ask why he does it, he "doesn't know."
My feeling is that this is another "wait it out" phase and the more attention it gets, the longer it will last. But DH will not accept that as a means to deal with it. (He also disagrees with my handling of the "monster" in the bedroom b/c it validates that there is actually a monster in there, but that's another thread that I'm not going to start....)
Advice? (Either to end the head-smacking behavior or convince DH to ignore it...)