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I Want That!

I Want That!


Sometimes Mini and I will be watching something on Nickelodeon or whatever and I won’t catch the Tivo before the commercials start. I’ve named what follows I Want That!, and it goes a something like this:

Mini: I want that!
Me: [frantically searching for remote] You do?
Mini: Yes, I want it.
Me: Well —
Mini: [Pointing at new commercial, with a new toy ] Mommy, Mommy, I WANT THAT!
Me: [Feigning surprise] You do?
Mini: Yes, Mommy, I want that.
Me: [Finding remote at last.] Well, we will have to ask Daddy.

When I Want That! first started up, the indefinite and non-committal promises to “ask Daddy” about toys that Mini didn’t remember worked well enough to distract Mini in the short term. But like any addiction, I Want That! did not take long to start spiraling out of control.

Me: [Gleefully fast-forwarding through commercials]
Mini: Mommy, Mommy STOP YOU MISSED IT.
Me: Missed what?
Me: I went passed the commercials, Mini.
Mini: Yabbut I wanted that!

It wasn’t long before I started developing a real attitude about it, either.

Mini: I want THAT!
Me: No, I want it!
Mini: No, I want it!
Me: No, I want it!
Me: Can we at least share it?
Mini: No!

. . . and then Mr. Right-Click got involved . . .

Mini: I want THAT!
Mr. Right-Click: Why not get two, Mini!
Mini: No, only one, Daddy. I want — [Becomes immediately silent.]
Mr. Right-Click: You don’t want that one?
Mini: [Stern.] No.
Mr. Right-Click: Why not?
Mini: That one is for GIRLS.
Me: Boys can play with that if they want to.
Mini: NO. [Next commercial.] I WANT THAT!
Mr. Right-Click: Get two!
Me: You want everything, Mini.
Mini: I want everything, Daddy.

He just wants everything. Unless it’s “for girls.” In that case, then he want’s nothing to do with it.

Comments (10)

  1. Nov 23, 2010

    My youngest will say “Wait…is that for girls or both?” before declaring he wants something of a indeterminable marketed gender. While I’d like to point out to him that gender really should have no impact on whether he truly wants something, he’s 6 and could care less about reasoning like that.
    By the way, I am not ashamed to admit that I act the same way over flashy tech gadgets. Hahaha!!

  2. Nov 23, 2010

    We have “the list” for occasions such as these.

    – I want that!
    – Well, put it on the list.
    – YAY!

    There doesn’t seem to be any expectation that the list will ever be realised. At least not at the moment.

  3. Educational Wonderland

    “I want that!”
    “Well, put it on the list!”
    “But I can’t write!”
    “Guess you’d better get working on your schoolwork so you CAN write it!”
    “No, Mommy, YOU write it!”
    “Why? *I* don’t want it!”
    *crickets chirping* *rush to homework*

    They learned to read & write early.

  4. Nov 23, 2010

    Did you by chance pick up my son? Because he does that all the time! It’s either “I want that!” or ” I want that at my home!” and now all day I hear “I wanna go to Toys R Us” Materialistic child

  5. Nov 23, 2010

    We don’t have ‘I want’ we have ‘Can I have that, PLEEEEEEEASE?’ and then ‘but I neeeeeeeeed it’ and then ‘pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasecanihaveitpleasepleaseplease’


  6. We also have a “list”, which goes very similarly, it seems to be working well so far.

  7. danish
    Nov 24, 2010

    Ooh, mine does that too. He’s recently graduated to channels that have commercials and he calls for me EVERY. TIME. to come see. Mommy!!! I want that! I want that! I’m all, yeah, ok. I think its pretty harmless. And now every time I take him to a store he asks for a toy. I am not one to buy him a bunch of stuff when we go out. I never have, and I am not going to start now, either.

    The other day he asked for a toy at the grocery store and I said no. He told me he was going to call 911 and they were going to put me in jail for being a bad mommy. 🙂

  8. Nov 24, 2010

    “I want that!” and “Can we get that?” are the reason Tink does not accompany me to the grocery store, or just about any retail setting, these days, even if it greatly inconveniences me to find time when I can get out without her. I think the commercials (and the lust they incite) are worse than anything actually on TV.

  9. Nov 30, 2010

    I am dreading the day my son figures out that we can buy what we see on TV or in catalogues. As of now, he thinks toy catalogues are “magazines.” He will say, “Look, that’s just like mine!” Probably because of my online shopping addiction. He thinks clothes and toys just miraculously show up in UPS boxes.

  10. Bea
    Dec 2, 2010

    My 4yo says that all the time! I usually either answer with “I know!” or “OK”. Even tho I say OK, it doesn’t mean I will buy it, just that I understand what he is saying. I don’t know how much longer I can do that tho…

    My Tivo is great, but when we watch TV together, no more fast forwarding commercials because he wants to see them and multiple times.

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