CHILD: I want that video game.
PARENT: Hey, that’s pretty expensive.
CHILD: But I waaannnnnt it!
[later, at the store]
PARENT: OK, here’s your game. It’s not on sale so the price is higher, but I said you could have it so here you go.
CHILD: Cool! Can you buy me a candy bar?
CHILD: Ooh! Ooh! A bike! I want that bike too!
PARENT: Now wait just a darn minute here…
CHILD: OMG look there’s a new iPod! I want a new iPod too!
ANNOUNCEMENT: The store will be closing in 5 minutes. Please bring your purchases to the checkout now, and thank you for shopping in our store.
What should a sensible parent do at this point?