I think many children suffer from Appreciation Deficiency. There are no known supplements.
Apparently, they eventually grow out of it.
Until this happens, I deal with the deficiency symptoms with varying degrees of maturity and patience…
I give my child an ice cream cone. No reason, just a suprise little treat for him. He takes it and happily starts eating.
He finishes it quickly.
Ten seconds later…
Instead of "Thank you for that ice cream, Mama!" he asks for more.
I tell him no. Maybe later.
But he cuts me off.
He might have to wait a while.
I'm not feeling generous in the ice cream department.
I know my husband will give the same answer. We're a team that way. The evil ice cream withholding team.
Oh, but he isn't done…
Simultaneously, I stifle my laughter and the urge to give him the finger.
I also devise a plot to make damn sure he isn't going to get one more taste of that pint in the freezer.
I'm going to eat it all after he goes to bed.
Who's the smart one now?
Don't feel bad for the little guy, he'll get ice cream again, I'm not actually cruel.
I did eat that pint though.