This conversation, noted by my wife Sarah, pretty much sums up the ability of kids to be so outrageously persistent that your mind ends up in knots as you attempt to “win” the conversation. Trust me, you never will.
- Sarah: Peanut, please don’t ask me to watch Dora again.
- Milan: Momma, want to watch Dora PLEASE.
- Sarah: Milan, since you asked me to watch Dora again after I asked you not to, it means that you won’t be able to watch it.
- Milan: Momma, you need to say sorry. Momma, don’t tell me no.
- Sarah: Milan, I’m not going to apologize for asking you not to do something.
- Milan: Momma, you have to be nice to us kids. We can’t be mean to the kids. Momma you can’t say no because that’s mean.
- Sarah: OK Milan. But you need to listen to mommy when I tell you no.
- Milan: Momma, you need to say sorry to me.
From Sarah to me: How is it that she wins all of the time? She’s 2!!!!
Answer: When she puts on a snow suit that’s 12 months too small and butterfly wings on a 70 degree day while walking around licking a spoon, it’s pretty tough to keep a straight face and say no.