Remember back in December, when I was singing the praises of my non-materialistic boy who didn’t want any presents for Christmas?
Well, forget it.
Just in time for his fourth birthday, Dylan has developed a bad case of the “I wants.”
It started innocently enough. Dylan and I would be at the store, when suddenly he would point to an item and say, “I want that.” I would hand him the item and he would play with it until we got to the cash register, whereupon he would say goodbye to it and hand it over to the checker without complaint.
To me, this was a win-win situation. Dylan would entertain and behave himself while I shopped but we wouldn’t end up with yet another toy that he’d completely ignore when we got home.
I used the same tactic when Dylan’s obsession with cats began to grow (yes, just like Lisa’s son, Cooper, Dylan has a passion for cats). When Dylan would say “I want a cat” I’d just answer, “Ok, let’s go to the pet shop and play with the kitties for a while.”
All too soon, though, Dylan caught on to me. “I want a cat” was quickly replaced with “I want a cat IN MY HOUSE.” [Um, no. Aimee Dog would have a heart attack if we brought another animal to the house.] Now “I want that IN MY HOUSE” is the expression that most often comes out of my boy’s mouth.
Dylan wants everything he sees on TV commercials, no matter what it is. Cereal, toys, shaving cream, cell phones…he wants it all. He wants any and all items within his reach at the store, and I am forever pulling items out of the cart just to have him notice it’s gone, go back to the aisle, grab another one, and put it back in the cart.
Now that he knows his birthday is coming up, the “I wants” have become even more insistent. We already have a birthday wish list a mile long, ranging from whales to Star Wars toys to, of course, cats – sometimes even two or three cats.
I’m sure this is only the beginning, too. Soon, he will be asking for video games and other incredibly expensive items. We have no intention of bowing to his every wish, of course, but I do miss the days when his only demands were balloons and candy. I can’t even imagine how long this year’s Christmas list is going to be!