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The Negotiator

Jan 11, 2013 - 10 comments

Must get this down so I never forget.  A new phase of my child's life has begun...negotiation.  And it is FUNNY!

Ryder to mommy: Can I have a candy please?
Mommy to Ryder: No honey, I'm sorry, but you didn't eat any breakfast.  Candies are treats and are only for after a good meal
Ryder to mommy: Don't say no mommy
Mommy to Ryder: I'm sorry, but the answer is still no. They make us sick if we don't have good food first
Ryder to Mommy: But mommy, 1 candy doesn't make us sick. 2 candies will make us sick.  I only want 1 candy. So can I have a candy please?

The facial expressions and gestures that went with this was hilarious.  He wasn't having a tantrum, he was quite calm and logical...lol.  And holding up 1 finger and 2 fingers at appropriate times.  Absolutely priceless.  It was very difficult to explain with a straight face why the answer was still no candy...lol.

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by retta483, Jan 11, 2013
How cute !  at least he asks mine go on a mission on how to get the candy or cookies with out me knowing . my lil one has older brothers to help him :/

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by specialmom, Jan 11, 2013
Oh, it is stories like these that make me LOVE kids.  They really are hysterical!  I love the "don't say no mommy".  

Ha, ryder has a future in slales perhaps!

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by AHP84, Jan 11, 2013
Oh my, this is so similar to a "negotiation" Greydon tried to use with me for candy a few weeks ago, lol. He'd eaten his bowl of cereal for breakfast and declared proudly, "I maked a happy bowl, Mommy!"
This statement is always followed up with (EVERY morning), "So I can get a candy?"
And EVERY morning, the answer is the same: "No. You cannot have candy in the morning."
"But I ate all my food! I maked a happy bowl and I want a treat. That's all."
"No. Candy is a treat for after supper, at nighttime, when it's dark outside. It's morning right now, not nighttime, and you ate breakfast, not supper. So no candy."
He thought about this for a few seconds, then suggested, "Well, it's dark outside right now like nighttime. How 'bout we say I ate supper and not breakfast. Can I have a candy now?"
"Nice try, kiddo. But the answer is still no!" (Of course, laughing while saying that made him not take me very seriously, lol. Then it became a meltdown. Oh, this boy...lol.

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by adgal, Jan 11, 2013
He just cracks me up.  And the way he tries to reason with me is absolutely hysterical.

"Don't say no mommy" is his new standard response when he doesn't get his way..lol.  It's better then tantrums I guess (although we still get those too...ha)

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by Moma_Cher, Jan 11, 2013
Very funny indeed!!

Its great he's able to communicate his frustrations into words! Youre teaching him really good skills...Keep up the great work mama ;0)

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by nursegirl6572, Jan 11, 2013
I see a future in politics.  What a sweetie!

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by melimeli, Jan 11, 2013
so cute!!! Don't say no mommy!  I love it!!!

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by krichar, Jan 12, 2013
He is so cute!! He cracks me up all the time, he does make a point, lol!!!

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by AnnieBrooke, Jan 12, 2013
Augie will pick up something in the store, try to persuade me to buy it, and then see a different thing and try to persuade me that if he gives up wanting the first thing, he can trade that action for getting the second thing.

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by Barb135, Jan 13, 2013
Adgal, you have quite the little guy, there...... I can just see his serious expression when he said "don't say no mommy".
Precious.

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