OMG! Say it ain’t so! Who doesn’t like the ice cream truck? Apparently some parents in Park Slope, NY. Dozens of parents say ice cream vendors need to leave the area, especially places around the playgrounds and parks, to help avoid afternoon meltdowns and temper tantrums from children craving frozen treats. One parent jokingly said not until celery trucks go around playing fun music should the community consider banning the ice cream trucks. Is it just me, or should these parents learn how to teach their children how to accept the answer ‘no’ instead of banning ice cream trucks? What’s next, ban the toy isle at the department store?
Ice cream trucks are so cool, and I personally love the fact that we still have them in our neighborhood! When my daughter was little, she would freak out when she heard the ice cream truck music and beg for me to by her one. And ‘occasionally’ I did, but NOT every time it came down our street! After a few times of being told no, she understood that sometimes she could get an ice cream treat from the ice cream man, and sometimes she could not. And she learned to accept that, with having a ‘melt down’ because I taught her that she could not always get what she wanted. Mom was the boss, and if she behaved herself, she would be allowed to have the occasional treat!
Do you think banning the ice cream truck so you don’t have to tell your kids “NO” and upset them, is a better idea and easier than teaching them that they cannot always have what they want?