One of the preschoolers has hit a phase where he wants to negotiate everything. He wants more, he wants better, when given two choices he wants the unnamed third that exists only in his mind. Completely age appropriate, but of course we’re working on it, especially trying to get him to do his negotiation more politely. But sometimes he is just so funny I have to laugh.
Me: Would you like a peanut butter sandwich for lunch?
Him: Peanut butter and JELLY!
Me: It’s almost time to leave the park. Five minutes more, boys!
Him: Five minutes AND five minutes!
Me: Thank you for behaving so well this morning! Would you like a sucker or a cookie for your treat?
Him: TWO suckers!
Me: Would you like to wear your jacket or your coat today?
Him: Put the jacket on top of the coat!
But sometimes he’s so focused on the negotiating that he completely misses the point.
Me: No, you do not hit your brother. Here, stay in your room and get your body under control. I will come back in three minutes.
Him: NO! Come back in FOUR minutes!
I could not keep myself from laughing. I know he did not intend to sentence himself to a whole extra minute of quiet down time, he’s just a preschooler whose negotiation skills need some work. Hope it makes you smile!
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That is so cute! And perhaps it indicates that he feels safe and comfortable enough to negotiate with you, a good sign.