It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Way to go, dad!

Great moments in parenting, as reported by Emma, who is working at the local gelato store.

Dad and 6-ish-year-old son enter the store. Son begins to choose the flavours he wants. When cashier asks what size, dad says “medium”, for both gelatos, his and his son’s.

Son commences to throw a fit. He wants LARGE, not medium. Large, large, LARGE!

Dad pauses, looks at son, and says slowly, in a low, measured, wondering voice, “Are you complaining about gelato??”

Son sits down and shuts up.

And eats his medium gelato.

July 10, 2012 - Posted by | food, manners, parenting


  1. Haha! Whoever said you can’t reason with a little kid…

    Mwah-ha. I’m thinking this child has had enough experience with that particular tone of voice to hear the implicit threat: “Take what you’re offered or get nothing, son.” Sub-text, just as significant: “This is a treat, and therefore entirely optional.”

    The fact that small children will complain treats does not surprise me. They are small, they are only partially civilized, they are self-centered. The fact that their parents let them never ceases to. I love parents like this!

    Comment by rosie_kate | July 11, 2012 | Reply

  2. My kids got home from daycamp yesterday. Younger one (6yo) said she got 3 popsicles today with her bunk. Older one (11yo) says his bunk didn’t get any. Can he have one at home? I’m about to say yes, but then little one wants one too, older one has a fit that it’s not fair that she should get one because she already had 3, etc. Once home and calm, I offer him the popsicle – he complains – just one?! And tries to negotiate for more treats. I kind of see his point, but still, kid, don’t look a gift popsicle in the mouth…

    Comment by Lynn | July 13, 2012 | Reply

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