Working the system

Part of what’s been challenging about Dante’s recent illness is that he’s developed a sudden aversion to PediaLyte, which limits our hydration options. We got some of the PediaLyte freezer pops (they’re a bit like Otter Pops, but with a medicinal quality) in hopes that this would be a successful delivery method. Unfortunately, his tendency is to ask for one, take one lick, get disappointed, and then refuse the rest.

Here’s a conversation we had today where he employed his newly learned manners skills as well as all his toddler wiles in an attempt to succeed (remember that “do you want” is Dante-speak for “I want”):

DANTE: Do you want a blue popsicle.

PAUL: Here’s the thing about that. You ask for a popsicle, and then you don’t eat it. So I only want to give you one if you really want it.

DANTE: I really DO want a blue popsicle.

PAUL: Are you sure?

DANTE: Do you want a blue popsicle PLEASE.

PAUL: Do you promise to eat some of it?

DANTE: [A pause, then…] No.

PAUL: Well, then–

DANTE: Do you want Daddy to go away. Do you want MOMMY to give you a blue popsicle.

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