By Sarah Fitzmaurice and Leah Simpson

•Father Tom has been 'keeping in touch with Suri via video chat'

It is hard for any parent to find a balance between ensuring their children's happiness and spoiling them.

And Katie Holmes was forced to be cruel to be kind to her beloved daughter Suri over the weekend.

Suri, six, burst into floods of tears after her actress mother refused to buy her the adorable pet puppy she wanted.

How much is that doggy? Suri Cruise was left in floods of tears after she wasn't allowed to take home a puppy she wanted

The mother-daughter duo were seen looking at different pet pooches in Citipup pet store in New York.

Suri appeared to fall in love with a little white and black Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese mix pup but was left inconsolable when Katie, 33, put her foot down.

The little girl was seen performing all the classic children's tactics to try and get her own way.

Look at that bottom lip! Suri was seen trying out all the classic children's tactics to try and get her own way

And she's off: Suri was seen storming out of the shop and into a car

Inconsolable: Suri was seen in tears as Katie tried to comfort her

First she stuck out her bottom lip, pulled her face into a frown, while gazing up at the dog in question.

Next she tried to ignore her mother who held out her hand keeping her eyes firmly fixed on the floor.

When this didn't work she stormed out of the shop before bursting into tears in the car on the way home.

Animal rights campaigners have urged Katie to adopt a dog instead of buying one from a pet store - should she want to get a dog for Suri.

Coordinated: Yesterday, the girls once again stepped out in the city, looking cute in matching pink outfits

Smile for mummy: Katie attempts to capture a grin from her little girl

Changing faces of Suri: The little girl seems to be ready for Hollywood already

Devera Lynn of North Shore Animal League America told Radaronline: 'Unfortunately most pet stores are provided their dogs from commercial breeding organizations otherwise known as puppy mills.'

Adding: 'We would love to show Katie the animals we have if she is ready to adopt.'

Meanwhile, it has been claimed that Suri has been keeping in touch with her father Tom Cruise via the very modern technology of video chatting.

A source told RadarOnline: 'It's all part of the divorce settlement that Tom be allowed to video chat with Suri. Likewise, when Suri is with Tom, Katie can video chat with her.

'Tom and Suri have been video chatting and Tom just lights up when her face appears on the computer screen.'

Doing things in pairs: Katie teaches Suri how to be domestic by giving her a basket of her own at Whole Foods

The source added that it was a stipulation in the custody agreement, which is believed to have given Katie sole custody of the little girl, that Tom can chat with Suri via video chat, as can Katie, if either parent is away from their daughter.

In addition, as part of the divorce settlement, Tom and Katie are both forbidden from talking about the other in negative terms, it has been claimed.

The source told 'There are provisions and clauses about which parent Suri will spend Thanksgiving, Christmas and her birthdays with.

'One of the most important clauses of the settlement is that NEITHER parent can talk negatively about the other in front of Suri and this includes anything about each parent's respective religion.

Spending time with his boy: While Katie and Suri were puppy shopping in New York Tom was seen climbing aboard a jet at Mammoth Lakes with his son Connor

'This was a crucial part of the custody agreement and something that both Tom and Katie wanted included. The custody settlement essentially puts both parents on notice that their personal feelings about each other can't influence or harm Suri in any way and puts her needs first.'

The pair had enjoyed a lovely day together up until 'doggate' and they were seen visiting the Children’s Museum of the Arts.

Both looked impeccably stylish, with the mother-of-one leading the way in a red and blue striped dress.

The long-sleeve frock fell mid-thigh, putting her slender pins on parade yet flattering her somewhat gaunt frame.

Just her mother, Suri kept her long brunette locks out and donned flat pumps to traipse the streets of Manhattan.

She surrounded herself with a comfort blanket and cuddly toys as the VIPs were guided into the venue by staff.

Quality time: Katie Holmes squeezed in an outing with Suri Cruise at the Children's Museum of the Arts in New York City today

Katie was later seen without her child as she made a business stop at the Time Warner Center in the Big Apple, while Suri went to the Puppy City pet shop in Brooklyn with friends.

Suri clearly looks up to her mum in the styles stakes and donned a burnt orange number similar to the one Holmes was seen in the day before.

The former Dawson’s Creek actress stepped out to grab a coffee with her mother Kathleen on Friday.

Business meeting: Holmes later walked solo as she visited the Time Warner Center

While mother's away: Suri and friends later went to to the Puppy City pet shop

Earlier in the day Katie took Suri out, treating her again to some new toys and a face painting session.

The pair enjoyed some quality time together at swanky toy shop FAO Schwarz, where the Batman Begins star could not resist spoiling her.

She also took her and a young friend for a lunch at coffee shop Via Quadronno.

Catching up: Yesterday she grabbed coffee with her mother

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