DS2 has begun to use compliments disarmingly over the last few weeks. For example:

DS: *Scraping the carpet with a screwdriver to see what's underneath*

Me: DS, please stop scraping the carpet. It damages it. (Repeats a few times when DS ignores me.)

Me: DS, you're not listening to me, are you?

DS: I like Mummy. I like Mummy's beautiful green eyes. *Smiles expectantly until Mummy's resolve predictably melts 3 seconds later*

What is to give light must endure burning.