packing with the pint-sized lobbyist

Sometimes The Kidling just don’t know what’s best for her. She sasses when a simple, “I understand” would remove her from an undesirable situation. She demands when a “please” would virtually guarantee her request would be granted. She whines.

And whines and whines and whines.

Other times, though, The Kidling gets it. I mean, she really gets it. Such was the case this weekend when we were packing for an overnight excursion. She and The Dada were choosing items to pack for her amusement on the long* car ride. They had gathered books, blankets, and buddies when Alice requested her portable DVD player. Before The Dada had a chance to respond, my pint-sized lobbyist reasoned, “It will keep me from saying, ‘Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?'”

Well played, Alice. Well played.


* All times expressed in units kidling. Translation=2 hours.

About The Mamahttp://kidlingville.comProfessional talker, editor, emailer, problem solver, adjunct lecturer, blogger, and mother to the brilliantly absurd Kidling.

2 thoughts on “packing with the pint-sized lobbyist

  1. My favorite is when my then 4 year old said we “Just HAD to buy ice cream. To share when our friends come over tomorrow mama.” Yes, we bought the ice cream. 🙂

    • Oh yes, indicating a later intent to share is perhaps the most genius way for a child to get his or her way. The good (bad) news is, Alice isn’t particularly fond of sharing, so that makes it easier to say no.

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