I just heard about a neat concept. I wish I had thought of it when my kids were little.
It is "Someday".... we have all used that term when our kids ask for something that we don't really want to do or can't do or for whatever reason we don't want to say an outright "no". We just put them off with a vague "someday".
Well, this particular family was different. Throughout the year when the kids asked to do something that they couldn't do then, the parents said "someday", but made a note of it.
Then randomly when least expected they would excitedly wake up the kids and say "IT'S SOMEDAY!" They would load up a picnic and set out to do the fun things on the list - things like make cookies or bagels or go to the fair or zoo or ride horses... anything they had requested. It was always a fun day of play and activity and great memories ... fulfilled dreams and desires.
So, "someday" I'm going to ..... (you fill in the blank and set a time and DO it!") now, don't you feel better that there really is a "someday"?