The best way to handle when your teenage child is pestering you about something they want (but you don’t want them to have it), is to redirect the conversation. I have found the single best conversation-ender known to fatherhood. Behold!
Teenage Child: “Daaayaaaddd! I really want a car, you need to buy me one!”
Horrible Father: “Well, we need to talk about something important first. You see, when a mommy and a daddy love each other….”
Teenage Child: “Ugh…dad, I already had this talk with mom! Forget it, I’ll take the bus to school.”
Works every time.