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Here’s an actual conversation I had with our 3-year-old Friday, transcribed to the best of my recollection:

He: “I want to wear these today.” (grabs a pairĀ of SpongeBob SquarePants flip-flops reappropriated from his older brother, still a few sizes too big for him)

Me: “Let’s not wear those to day care. They keep falling off your feet. Let’s try these.” (grabbing a pair of shoes that actually fit)

He: “Nooooo. I want to wear these.” (gesturing emphatically at the flip-flops)

Me: “But they won’t stay on. You’ve tripped and almost fallen a few times –”

He: “NO-O-O-O-O! I WANT TO WEAR THE-E-E-E-SE!”

(Repeat this dialogue, essentially, 4-5 times)

Me (developing a new strategy): “OK, you can wear the flip-flops until you get to day care, and then we’ll change shoes.”

He (whimpering): “Oh-h-h-kay.”

Fast-forward five minutes, as he’s climbing into his car seat:

He: “Uh-oh! My shoe just fell off!”

Me: “Well, that’s what I said would happen.”

As we’re pulling out of the driveway:

He: “Oh, no! My shoe fell off AGAIN!”

And then …

He: “OK, let me put my other shoes on.”

Me: “Good plan, little man.”

I guess he learned something from that exchange.

And me? I learned to just take a change of shoes and let logic prevail.

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