Dear kids, Stop asking for more and just be grateful

Kids are always wanting more, and I’ll be honest. Sometimes, it just wears on me. I would love your strategies and tips for how you deal with this. Please share them below in the comments, or on our Facebook page!

I’m over it.

I love my kids. They are great kids. They are kind kids. They are grateful kids (well, most of the time).

But I’m over it.

I’m over the upsell.

Every single day, in almost every single circumstance, my kids are trying to upsell me on the next fun thing or the next playdate or their next birthday, or even how we play.

“Mom, can we play outside?”

This means I have to turn the stove off, put dinner on hold, get everyone dressed and shoes on, and walk downstairs.

“Sure, let’s do it. Let’s go play outside for 30 minutes,” I respond.

And here I’m thinking, GO ME. Yeah, Mom of the Year. Yep, I’m taking a break from chores to have a few fun moments with these sweet boys.

But instead of ‘thank you’ or ‘yay’ or ‘that sounds awesome’ or ‘you’re the best, Mom,’ I am smacked with the upsell.

They haven’t accepted the deal yet. Because they’ve just figured out how they can improve it.

“Can we go in the pool?”

“No! We are just going to play in the yard.”

“Ah MAN!” I hear and I look up to see 3 defeated little boy faces.

Are you kidding me?

“Guys, let’s just be grateful that we are taking some time to do something fun. Please stop asking for more.”

This same scenario repeats itself in various forms through the day.

Sure, we can listen to kid music in the car. But then it’s not the right actual kind of kid music. The CD needs to be switched or turn it louder or not this song.

Sure, we can have dessert. But then it’s not ice cream or it’s not chocolate ice cream or it’s not a homemade pumpkin pie or next time can I bake a cake.

You get what I’m saying.

Sometimes, I find myself holing up in the bathroom, calling a friend and saying, “NOTHING IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THESE PEOPLE!”

Honestly what gives?

I want to say ‘yes’ as much as I can, and I do. But then, it’s not enough. It’s never enough.

Sometimes, I feel like I’m being bossed around all day long. And the small little victories I try to give them during the day turn into disappointments for both of us.

I try to stop and redirect them to gratitude, but my friend, the battle continues. And the battle is constant.

Anyone else out there? How do you deal with this? Do you feel defeated too? I’d love to hear your tips and thoughts, below in the comments section or over on the Facebook page!

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