Originally Posted by Llyra
Childhood is going to be full of these moments, as LOs learn about life's limitations. You can't give them everything they ask for, and if you did, they'd be horribly ungrateful for what they had. But you can't teach them that 1. you honestly do understand and care how they feel, even when those feelings are negative, 2. you'll provide them with what they truly need, and 3. the world doesn't end if they don't get something they liked.
I agree. My son (now 19 months) was on a "phone" kick. Anything with buttons, calculators, remotes, phones, etc, he had to have if it was in the area. This was everyone's too. At restaurants, he would cry for stranger's phones. I don't mind him playing with them, until, I was in the car, and he wanted my cell, and I gave it to him, and he dialed 911. Not ok, so I took it away, he screamed. If he plays with a phone for any amount of time, it becomes a week long thing of getting him to not throw a tantrum when he can't have one. So, we cut out phones. It sounds crappy, that we did, but I don't feel that type of addiction like desire is healthy, especially at 1, and I don't want him to think he can have whatever he wants. No, he probably won't understand "that's not mine, I can't have it" now, but I can lay the ground work for him understanding that at 3 or so.
But, if you do find the solution to all, yes, I too will pay any amount of money for it!