This weekend, while shopping for the ultimate present for a little boy turning three, I overheard the following exchange between a mother and her young boy:
Boy: <throwing some kind of fit>
Mother: Come on honey – let’s get your Wii games first.
Boy: Noooooooo, I don’t want to.
Mother: Do you want your pizza?
I was totally appalled. Had this been my mother, we would have been heading out the door straight for a spanking after the first hint of fit-throwing. Certainly I would not have been offered pizza as a prize for complaining about the Wii games I was being purchased. Well, since I played with sticks and rocks as a kid, I’m not actually sure what the appropriate fill-in toy for my age range would be. I was just very thankful my daughter wasn’t with me to witness this behavior and see it being rewarded. [Read more…]