Parenting dilemma. You…

Parenting dilemma. You have a headache, and have made the mistake of telling this to your child (as part of convincing him to wear headphones with his electronic device). He responds with a kiss, which is lovely. But then asks, "Are you feeling better, Mommy?"

And now you are on the horns of the dilemma -- if you say yes, then said child will want to stop using headphones. But if you say no, you are undermining the efficacy of kisses for treatment of boo-boos, an important component of your parenting toolkit. Damned if you, damned if you don't.

You may be tempted to answer "A little better," thinking you have found a way out. But it is a false trail! If you answer thusly, be prepared for an onslaught of kisses in return, all over your face and head, at least twenty or thirty of them, followed by, "Are you feeling all better now?" And if the answer is no, then the onslaught is repeated, along with its question. Repeat ad infinitum.

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