This is a normal conversation in our house:
ME: “Little Mister, what would you like for breakfast? Waffle? Banana? Coffee cake?”
LITTLE MISTER: “I don’t want breakfast.”
(15 minutes later, as we’re getting ready to leave for school…)
LITTLE MISTER: (in tears) “Why didn’t you give me breakfast?”
ME: “You said you didn’t want breakfast!”
LITTLE MISTER: (wailing) “But I’m hungry! I can’t believe you’re not going to give me breakfast. You’re making me so sad right now!”
This is not an isolated incident. There was the time Little Mister asked for noodles for dinner, and when we gave him noodles, he freaked out because he got what he wanted for dinner.
Or the time I gave him his red sweatshirt and he said he wanted to wear his camo sweatshirt, and he cried the entire way to school because I wouldn’t let him wear his red sweatshirt.
No joke, kids can make you feel like you’re losing your ever-loving mind sometimes!
But the fun doesn’t stop there!
Apparently, you can forget about using reverse psychology, because that doesn’t work. Case in point:
One night, when Little Mister’s ears were apparently not working, we told him that he lost his screen time. “Well, guess what?” he said. “I didn’t want to watch anything anyway. I wanted to read.”
How, exactly, am I supposed to respond to that?