Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: Especially when my daughters were toddlers, I tried to make things fun, and to keep them positive rather than negative as much as possible. For example, when we’d go shopping at Target, my younger daughter would often ask me to buy her things that she couldn’t have. Rather than turning this into a power struggle, I’d make it into a game.
“Show me how much you want it,” I’d tell my daughter to get her to raise her arms up to the sky and giggle.
“Let’s make a list of the top 10 things you want and come up with ways to save for them,” I’d say next.
While my daughter puzzled out the answer to that, I’d make a beeline far away from the toy department!
—Cathy Marshall, MD, a mom of 28-, 14-, and 11-year-old daughters and a pediatrician, in Encino, CA