it's totally true.
the good kids don't get (barely any) attention.
example (i remembered this today):
a couple of years ago i was browsing in a posh toy store with my 2yo and 4yo and also in the store was a mama with her son who was playing at a table that had Thomas the Tank Engine tracks set up on it.
i hear the mama working up to leaving the shop:
...ok, a couple more minutes cupcake then we need to go...(nervous smile)
(five minutes later)...ok, sweetie pie, one more minute then we need to go...(tip toe, tip toe)
(another 5 mintues)...come on then, let's go...*SCREEAAMM*..
...no, no, we need to use our *inside* voices...*ROAR, BELLOW, SCREEAAAM*..
..oh, come on dumpling, be a good boy, i'll buy you a [insert your heart's desire here]...
(by now the shop assistant has also joined in trying to help prise the kid's sticky fists off of the train table while trying to avoid kicks and screams)
to cut a long (and painful) story short, this scene continued for another 10 mintues or so until eventually the shop assistant promised to give the kid a lolly pop if he left the store when his mother asked him to.
the kid grabs the lolly pop and prepares to leave the store with his mother.
and you shoulda seen the ceremony!
i'm talking marching band, streamers, back-flipping gymnasts...the works!!
...oh! you're such a good boy! wow, good boy for coming when mummy asked you! (hok?! that's me choking out loud from the back of the store!) ....ad nauseum....
i picked my jaw up off floor and said to the kids: ...come on guys, lets go...
where's the lolly-pop for my kids? (who *did* actually leave the store when asked!)
where's the marching band? and streamers? and back-flipping gymnasts?
sheesh. you kids need to act up a bit more. might get some perks in life...