Good Qualities Aren't Tacked On

"Mommy, buy me a toy!" "Daddy, why can't I have a bike like Dan's?"

How often parents are badgered by these and similar pleas from their children! It is sometimes difficult to say No, and yet neither possible nor wise to indulge every whim.

Parents' answers to these demands are generally influenced by a number of considerations. Can we afford to buy the toy? Would we be spoiling the child? Is what the child wants something that would truly be enjoyed and played with for a reasonable length of time? How will the child react if I say No? How will I feel if I say No?

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"What will become of me?"
July 14, 1973

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