"Can I have a cookie for dessert?" little angel asks.
"No," comes the reply. The family is trying to cut down on sweets in the house.
"But why?" little angel asks. So this parent explains that the high sugar content is troublesome, plus he had that slice of chocolate cake just a day ago, and besides, there’s a birthday party coming up.
"Yeah," the son says. "But why?"
"I just explained why. We’ve been having too much dessert."
"But why can’t I have something small?" Now little angel is eroding the caregiver's patience. He asked. She answered. This is getting irksome.
"Because I said so!" the parent barks. Those are the four her parents used to say, and she’s shocked to hear them escape her lips.
That’s when it happens. The caregiver's willpower crumbles. Why? Because parenting is exhausting, and she just wants this moment to be over. So she says, "No cookie, but if you want take a small piece of Halloween candy. Just one." Alternatively, the caregiver spends the next 30 minutes cajoling and empathizing and distracting her kid while he has a mammoth tantrum on the kitchen floor.