The kids and I were in Wal-Mart a few days ago and Jalen was battling a dilemma. He had earned a treat, and he wanted a toy, but he wasn’t sure exactly which toy….just a toy. His spending limit was $9.99 or lower.
Let me give you a little insight to the happenings in the house, my little people are REALLY into Pokemon. They watch the shows, they read the books….anything and everything they can get their hands on in regards to Pokemon, they hone right in on it. Well, his siblings were trying to pressure him into getting a Pokemon action figure that he kind of wanted but not really. They kept telling him how cool it would be to play with their Pokemon too, how they could stage their own battles….high pressure sales tactics!!
After a few minutes of pressure he just kind of walked away from them and came and gave me a hug with a dejected tilt to his shoulders. I could tell he was close to tears because he wouldn’t look at me when I asked him what was wrong.
See, my baby was torn on making the siblings happy at the expense of his own happiness. I stooped down to his level and told him that the decision was his and his alone and not to let anyone make him do something that he didn’t want to do.
He wiped his tears away, gave me a kiss and decided to put the $9.99 towards the debt he owes me for repairing his bicycle tire he destroyed a few months ago.
My baby is on his way to making awesome decisions in his life!!