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Should I Give My Toddler a New Toy Right Before Bed Time?

May 1, 2013

zach with beads

This may be a super obvious point but you should never give your toddler a new toy right before you want them to get ready for bed. While we were in New Orleans we picked up beads for Zachary because we knew he would love them. We had completely forgotten to give the beads to him until around 7:35PM last night when I commented to Wifey, “Hey, did we ever give Zachary his beads?” How did it go? Well Zachary sure did like the beads.

ME: Hey Zachary, we need to brush teeth before bed.

ZACHARY: (just keeps playing with the beads).

ME: (I take the beads away) How about you get the beads back after your brush your teeth?

ZACHARY: BEADS!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ME: Okay, how about I give you your beads back and in exchange you brush?

ZACHARY: BEADS!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ME: (I give him back the beads) How about you just take the beads back and stop crying.

ZACHARY: (playing with beads again).

ME: We still need to change you into your pajamas. Can I borrow the beads for a second while I change your shirt?

ZACHARY: BEADS!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ME: How about you just wear that shirt to bed. Do you want to come in your room for story time? 

ZACHARY: (Just keeps playing with the beads).

ME: How about we just play with the beads tomorrow? (I stupidly try once more to take the beads away)

ZACHARY: WAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ME: Urghhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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