Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Want! Want! Want!

I HATE...absolutely hate bringing Noah to the store with me. Noah has developed a bad case of the gimmes. For some reason he thinks that he should get something from every store we go to.

I can't take it. As soon as we get there he asks, "Can I get a toy?"
The answer is almost always, "No, you have a ton of toys at home. You don't really need more right now."
This inevitably leads to whining and him following me around the store repeating favorite phrases like:

This one is five dollars. That's cheap!
Why are you getting stuff but I'm not? (Because I'm buying groceries and we have to eat?!?)
This says buy one get one half off!
You never let me have anything!
This isn't fair!
Please! Please! Please!!!!

Noah knows he can save his money up and buy what he wants. He does it all the time. He really does have way too many toys and I refuse to buy more. I'm tired of whisper yelling at him to stop asking up and down every aisle of the store. I've tried grounding him from things when he doesn't stop asking. He hates not being able to go play with his friends so that is usually the first thing to go. Even that doesn't stop him from begging the next time we have to go somewhere.

I really have no idea how to get him to stop. I avoid taking him with me as much as possible....

Do your kids want want want? How do you make it stop stop stop?!?


  1. You're not kidding! I hear that every time we leave the house to times 3. Yeah, it's only $5 but if everyone gets a $5 it's now $15+ and most of the time they end up losing it outside or breaking it. They get allowance too but that's usually gone within seconds.

    I wish I had an answer but it's plaguing me too. And if I hear "You can just buy me another one" again, I'll scream.

  2. Oh my goodness. I can 100% relate to this post. Dom does this to me ALL the time. When I say we're going to Target to get a few things, he'll say "Yay! We're buying toys!" And nothing I say will stop him from asking, begging, whining, crying, etc. I don't have any advice for you, sorry, but you have my utmost sympathy!! xo

  3. Oh lordy. I wish I had advice for you, but I hear this about 800x a day at work (I work in the kids section of a bookstore). Literally 'can I have this? Please? Please? Please?' all day long. I think it's normal! Most kids have this impression that they deserve to be equal to adults and get something in the stores if adults do. I think sometimes it's nice to treat them and be like "You know that normally I say no, but today you *insert thing he did well today* so you can spend 5$." It's good for you to stand your ground as well, of course! But in my experience reward presents tend to work wonders and kids are super blissed out about it :)

    Best of luck!


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