One word: Target.
It’s many a mom’s dirty little secret when you’ve got a kid who is moping around the house, claiming they have played with all of their toys and read all of their books. And even if they haven’t really, they feel as if they have, and so their perception becomes your rather unpleasant reality. Most days you can threaten them with chores or whatnot, but even that gets old after a while. Being a mean mom is only fun for the first month or so, and then it just gets to be a drag.
In all my years of parenting, I have yet to see a child reject a cheery, “Let’s go to Target!”
I don’t know if it’s me and a reflection of how awesomely boring my life is, but a trip to Target is always a welcome reprieve. I can’t always buy what I want, but most of the time I am content to look at the pretty serving trays I don’t really need and the cute plates I definitely don’t need. But, there is always something that needs to be bought, even if it is boring.
And as everyone knows, there is cheap, yummy food at Target. A friend of mine gets her son a soda and popcorn. Mine? Make it a pretzel, salty, and an Icee, extra cold.
If you are a kid, the day becomes automatically better when an Icee is in your grip. And you never know if this will be a brain-freeze kind of day until you try.
Also, there seems to be something magical about accompanying Mom to Target because usually she will cave over buying some sort of little toy or book, because kids are smart enough to know the approximate price range/toy category wherein your weakness lies. For instance, my son knows better than to ask me for a video game, but is correct in asssuming I will usually buy him art and creativity-related items.
So my advice to you if you have a Target within driving distance, use it to your advantage, and use it wisely. Else you just might wind up with a much lighter bank account.
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