Sunday, March 8, 2009

Pay first

We were at Target the other day, and Jilly found a pony and declared "Mommy, Cooper has to have this pony!" Jilly has never been one of those kids who has a hissy-fit when she sees something she wants in a store, but she was very adamant that Cooper "needed" this pony. Seeing as how it was for Cooper, I agreed (I usually don't give the kids things they can't ask nicely for...first sign of a fit, there is a firm NO that won't change). Jilly gave the pony to Cooper in her car seat, and as instinctively as all babies do, the first thing in Cooper's mouth was the price tag. So I took the pony and removed the tag and stuck it in my wallet so I would remember to hand it to the cashier and pay for it later.

This is where the melt-down starts. "Mommy, you can't do have to pay first!" at the top of her lungs in the middle of Target. I tried calming her down, and showed her where I put the tag so when it was time to pay we could. It took a few minutes of trying to reason with a 2 1/2 year old (near impossible when they are as headstrong and stubborn as Jilly can be) but we came to an agreement...when it was time to pay, Jilly could hand the cashier the price tag...and just as suddenly as it started, it was over. Jilly was ready to go back to shopping.

Now for the many 2 1/2 year old kids would have such a fit...not over getting or not getting the toy, but the fact that she knew it had to be paid for. Nothing gets past this one, she is quick especially for her age.

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