Children remember things. Its pretty amazing. They won't remember that you told them two seconds ago to put their shoes on or stop hitting their brother. But they will remember that toy they clutched to their chest 2 months ago at Walmart and how you said maybe they could get it for their birthday.
Maggie has been a pretty good shopping companion during the last year. She's been cooperative and obedient and rarely has shopping melt downs. The secret has been that every time she sees something she wants or loves she puts it back on the shelf and says "I get that my birthday!"
Problem: Her birthday is in 2 weeks. And she's thinking that those things she's been stock piling in her mind will appear at her birthday party.
We'll see how this goes...