It is important to refrain from justifying your behavior to your child. When making rules that might contradict you own behavior never allow your child to turn the tables on you, stand strong and remember you are the parent. Avoid clichés or classic sayings your parents might have used when you were growing up, this only makes you look weak, sayings like “Do what I say, not what I do”, “because I am the parent and you are the child.” or the most common “Because I said so.” It’s imperative to be original in this situation simple say “because I am better than you”. This teaches the child that mommy and daddy do what they want, like wear designer clothing and complain about money. But make sure your child knows that their clothes from GoodWill are just as nice as mommy’s $300 designer shirt from Gucci. Tell them as soon as they stop peeing their pants you will buy them nice clothes, but never follow through on your promises.