My mom had a good idea when it comes to kids begging for stuff at the store.
Long before I came along, she had 3 boys - each 18 months apart - and when they went to the store, they would invariably see something they wanted. A toy, candy, whatever.
So when they would whine, "I want that!" she would calmly say, "Wait. Let me tell you what I want first. I'd love a new dishwasher and maybe some new clothes and new pots and pans and..."
Instead of getting upset, she would turn it around and give them all a litany of what she wanted that she didn't get. Ha! I love it!
She said they finally got tired of hearing it and stopped asking. I do that sometimes with Brady but since it's just him and he is, I'm quite certain, a future debate champion, it turns into some long drawn out discussion about why I don't go and get those things and then that leads to financial and economic discussions. Ugh.
So usually I just say, "Well, next time bring your own money and you can buy it!"
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