Always have an exit strategy.
This is especially true on trips to the playground. To whisk your child off to suppertime or bedtime without a tantrum, have something for them to look forward to at home.
Last night, I almost brought ice cream sandwiches along for our picnic in the park. Then I realized that an ice cream sandwich in the freezer is worth two in the picnic basket. (Pro Tip: That might not be the saying.)
As we prepared to leave the park, our conversation went something like this:
Me: Okay, Zoe, time to go home.
Me: Zoe, when we go home, we’re going to eat ice cream sandwiches.
(Can you hear the jazz hands? I wish you could hear the jazz hands.)
Zoe (looking puzzled): I want real ice cream!
Me: It is real ice cream! It’s so delicious!
Zoe: I want real ice cream! I don’t want a sandwich. I don’t want bread. I don’t want cheese.
Me: Oh, no, an ice cream sandwich is made of ice cream and cookies.
Zoe: I don’t want cookies! I want real ice cream!
Me: Trust me. Now get in the car.
When we got home, Zoe was blown away by the Revelation of the Ice Cream Sandwich: “It’s so chocolaty! It’s so cold!” She’s still talking about it twenty-four hours later.
Not a bad night’s work for a store-brand, 100-calorie frozen treat.
Stock your freezers, parents and caregivers. Summer’s on its way!