I don't know about you, but my preschooler seems to have taken some training in negotiation tactics. You know when you are trying to get out the door and your kid turns into a clown? All smiles and wiggles and not exactly cooperative, but not really unpleasant either? It feels like you are trying to put a coat on a bag of cats? It's Work-to-Rule: Just enough of a delay tactic to make you understand they are going along with your plan, but they ain't going to make it easy.
The other tactic we are familiar with at our house is the one where you want your child to go somewhere, like their bath or bed, and they suddenly go limp like a rag doll. When you try to lift them, their shoulders have disappeared and you'd can't get a grip under their arms. They are a dead weight. Usually they are crying or whining now too. We recognize this as the G8 Protester Maneuver AKA 'going limp.'
What kinds of negotiation tactics do your kids use?
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