“I never get what I want!”
This is a sentence I hear on a daily basis from 4yo. I assume it’s a phase, but it’s one of the most annoying and anger-inducing I’ve encountered as a parent.
Not long ago, I took 4yo to our local amusement park by himself. It was a special day – a no-sisters day! He got to the pick the rides, the food, and the games. He even talked me into a $4 game of mini-golf. As he completed the 18th hole, he shouted, “I want to play again!”
“We’re not playing again,” I told him, reaching for his golf club so we could return it.
“But, but, but……aw, I NEVER get what I want!” he declared with crossed arms.
In my mind, I bent his golf club over my knee and hurled it at the nearest pretzel stand.
“What do you MEAN you never get what you want! I’ve spent a small fortune today so you could come here by yourself and ride, eat, and play ANYTHING you want. You’ve done nothing but what YOU want today!”
We stood there for a second, me steaming and him pouting, while I thought about what I should say next. Then, as life would have it, I said exactly what my mother would have said.
“Well, if spending the day here isn’t what YOU want, I guess we should go home,” and I started walking away.
“No! Wait! I DO want to be here!”
Thirty seconds later we were in line for the log flume and I didn’t hear about the mini-golf for the rest of the night.
Unfortunately, as he has informed me several times since, he STILL never gets what he wants.
Life is so unfair.