Me: Avery, I would like for you to have three more bites of your dinner?
Avery: But I don’t want to!
Me: If you don’t eat anymore dinner you don’t get chocolate chippies!
Avery: Okay, I’ll have one more bite!
Me: I said three more bites
Avery: Okay Daddy, I’ll have two!
My daughter has learned at a very young age the art of negotiating. When my wife and I got our new car I actually thought for a second of having my daughter deal one on one with the salesman to beat him down (That sad face with the bright blue eyes and the guy might have given us the car for free)! Most of the time it’s actually kind of funny but can stretch into frustration when the listening skills go for a vacation. Just the other day, right before a meltdown, she actually said the following:
Avery: I only want to go outside and look at my scooter. I don’t want to ride it….I just want to look at it! (This at 8:30pm)
Me: Okay, but it’s getting late so only for two minutes.
Avery: Five minutes daddy…just five minutes. (She doesn’t have the concept of time yet…or at least I don’t think so)
Me: No boo boo…it’s bedtime.
Avery: Okay daddy, three minutes. (We ended up staying out for ten)
Where does this kid get this stuff? The Lorax? Monsters Inc.? Doubtful
How can you help but laugh? I can’t begin to describe how many times I’ve listened, turned around to laugh because she’s hilarious, then try and have a straight conversation when she’s clearly winning the negiotation. I love this little girl!!
Tomorrow I think we might try our first movie……Finding Nemo 3D……wish me luck!!!