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I Give Him an A for Effort. But an F for Execution

Lately, my kids have been trying very hard to change my mind about things. This isn’t really entirely new, as it’s something they’ve done since pretty much the day they were born, but their tactics have changed. When I tell them no, instead of the usual continuous pleading, they have decided to try to explain their case. I love that they are using their reasoning skills, but more often than not, they are way off base.

They are so far over the line that the line is a dot to them*.

Take yesterday, for instance.

Zachary was desperate for a popsicle. When his first request was met with a solid “No, you haven’t even had lunch yet.” he decided to try a different tactic. “But mommy, I love popsicles SO, SO much. I really just love them so much.” When pulling on my heartstrings didn’t work he shifted tactics again. “Mommy, I’m soooo hot. I need a popsicle so I can cool down.” Trying the sympathy angle. But, alas, the answer was still no. It was only 56 degrees outside and not much warmer in our house.

At this point he tried to switch to flattery. “Mommy, you’re my favorite. I love you the best. You’re the best mom in the whole world. Popsicle?” “I love you too, Zachary. But the answer is still no.”

I couldn’t even begin to imagine what he would possibly come up with next.

He looked at me, frowned a bit, clutched his chest and said “But mommy! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe unless I get a popsicle!”

He made me laugh. But he still didn’t get the popsicle.

*Ten imaginary points to anyone who got my random “Friends” reference.

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