I'm curious how others handle this. My three year old is incredibly single minded with certain things. When we have to say "no" to something, he will ask literally 100 times again and again and again. I'm not even talking about saying no to things we could say yes to. For instance, take the request to "walk on the ceiling." Sorry, it is impossible. So what we normally do is: A) explain why that does not work B) suggest other options like "we can pretend the floor is the ceiling! we can put our feet on the wall and pretend that is the ceiling! we can make your baby walk on the ceiling of her house!" Yeah, that doesn't work. So then C) We validate feelings "I see you're really frustrated you can't walk on the ceiling (again validating probably 10-20 times as he keeps repeating "I want to walk on the ceiling! Can I?!" and the D) We attempt to redirect which may or may not work.
So how do you other wise mamas handle requests that are either outrageous or just something you cannot allow (ie. new one...Mom. Can I pee on your phone?") Is there a point where you quit responding to the request? After how many times of explaining, validating, redirecting? When do you just give up?
I swear a whining three year old has to be one of the most frustrating sounds in the world.