Tina the three-year-old is a dramatic little cutsie. For a while recently when she did not get her way she would flop on the floor and cry, “Nobody likes me!” This morning she tried a variation: after the customary floor-flop, she sobbed, “I don’t like anyone!”
Regina the seven-year-old, who is flirting with the age of reason, tried reasoning through the problem: “Don’t you like Tina?”
Trapped! “Mmmmmm,” Tina responded, unsure how to break through the objection, but unwilling to admit defeat. Then she changed the subject.