05 January 2008

Negotiation

This morning at breakfast, Miss M. asked for Pirate Booty. I said no. She persisted: Mommy, if you give me Pirate Booty, I'll never ask you for a baby sister again.

(And no, I didn't give in.)

18 comments:

Her Grace said...

She's a tough negotiator, that one!

Sober Briquette said...

Reading this, I realize that my kids do not attempt to negotiate. They just pout, wail, rend their clothes... could I be more authoritarian than I realize?

Or... I very seldom say no. Like, Pirate's Booty for breakfast? I'd be all over that.

Eva said...

She's a tough one!

Stacie said...

Too cute!

jen said...

i would have had to give in out of the simple respect for her utter cleverness. you are tougher than i am.

painted maypole said...

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

and where did she learn such powers of negotiation?

susan said...

Ha! (earlier today CG said, "If you don't give me X, I won't invite you to my birthday party."

You must have pretty interesting dinner table conversations!

pootandcubby said...

Pirate booty? That is awesome. What if you got creative, donned an eyepatch and shook your booty at her, would that have worked?

-andi

Jenn said...

ah, but you need to get it in writing. and signed. and witnessed :)

flutter said...

*snort*

Julie Pippert said...

Oh my gosh I'd have been all over that like white on rice (even as I knew it wouldn't be LOL...although in our case it would be something else, since More Kids are Not to Be and I think mine are fine with that, so they need a different currency with me).

Plus I am fairly weak in the mornings. Pirate Booty? Sure. Just have an apple with it.

Or maybe I know it's just an appetizer. My kids eat every two hours.

At least.

And they are master negotiators.

thrice said...

Oh my gosh, Miss M is the daughter I always wanted....

Please explain to me the attraction to Pirate's Booty. I can't event take in a whiff.

MadMad said...

My affair with the pirate - and all his friends - ended when they had that e.coli or whatever it was from China thing. But I miss him so much...

alejna said...

Wow, she does indeed show signs of talent for negotiation. I might also have been tempted to give in to the Booty demands. You are a strong woman.

What did she have for breakfast?

katiez said...

You;re just no fun at all!
And I totally agree about missing the actual paper paper. The same with books. I know an elctronic reader is efficient, handy and all that but I love the feel and smell of real books! (esp. with real leather bindings...I'm into leather...)

niobe said...

While this was a good one not to give in on, negotiation can work wonders. And you can persuade yourself that you're teaching your child a useful talent.

Julia said...

Big guns, ha?
I used to ask for a sister or a puppy. I got a sister. That worked out well. :)

Furrow said...

So how often does she ask for a sister? I'm contemplating only childness as an option. I'll have some pirate booty on hand, just in case.