I'm all about setting a good example. And today, my three kids saw me...in our house...being badgered by the Kirby company to buy a 3K plus dollar vaccuum. Before the guy walked into my house (more like pushed his way into my house), I said I would not be buying a vaccuum. I have known about Kirbys my entire life. I think they are great. I'd love to have one. But I am not spending that much money on one.
So, after he attempted to get a stain out of my carpet, do the demo, tell me I was sleeping in the fecal matter of mites, it was time to talk price. Throughout the visit, I assured Alex that I was not buying. So, after some time, and the "supervisor" returned, Isiah thought he was going to badger and bug and guilt me into this purchase. I "deserved it." (I agreed but no I'm not buying one.) I "was the mother who tended to all the needs of the family." (Of course I"m the mother that does it all!) "You husband isn't going to divorce you if you buy it. He isn't going to stay mad at you for buying it." (No, but he knows that I'm not going to buy it without talking to him.) "The wife gets what ever she wants and the husband doesn't." That my husband "ha bought things without asking me." (Yes, so? What's your point?) He was not going to take No for an answer. And despite the lowering the price twice, giving me all sorts of "discounts." No still meant no.
I said that no, another salesman could not come into my home to help Alex carry out his supplies. So, Isiah finally left. Alex confided that Big Isiah is the biggest seller in the country. (Doubt it.) And that yes, 98% of the women cave in and buy one of these machine. So, I am of the 2% who can stand their ground.
I sure hope my kids are in that 2%.
As we were doing other things around the house together this evening. I explained and pointed out there are all sorts of situations where someone is going to bug, bother, lie, flatter, try to convince you to do something you originally didn't want to do. It might be drugs, beer, sex, cheating...you name it. But you just say no. No. NO. No one can make you do anything. And...people are going to lie. And sales people...do lie. And I mentioned of a few of the lies that were told. (Oh what a tangled web we weave...)
And...by the way, I told my kids...It's the same thing if you ask me to play video games/watch tv and I say no. I'm not going to change my mind 10 minutes later. Do you think I will change my mind just because you ask again? DD says yes...I guess I still have some teaching to do. haha