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How to Fight for Contentment

By most standards, my kids have a pretty good life. And yet, no matter what they have, they seem to be remarkably skilled at wanting something else (amiright parents?). A few examples:

  • Rejecting mac and cheese—a certified dinner favorite—because “it’s too cheesy this time.” By the way, in the entire history of the world, how many people have criticized mac and cheese for being too cheesy? Is it theoretically possible? Yes. But that bar has to be pretty high.
  • Complaining about having nothing to do…after riding bikes/scooters and playing with Legos, puzzles, stuffed animals, action figures, etc. Meanwhile, dad fights the urge to go on a dramatic soliloquy about how nice it would be to have “nothing to do.”
  • Saying “you never do stuff with me” while suffering from a curiously selective amnesia regarding the many hours you’ve spent together reading, going out for breakfast, watching games and movies, playing catch in the backyard, wrestling, etc.
  • Saying “(insert sibling names here) never want to play with me” while suffering from a curiously selective amnesia regarding the many hours they’ve all spent together playing any number of things already mentioned above.