How to negotiate with a toddler in 7 easy steps

 
 Austin wears  Ducky Street  tattoos,  Mini Rodini  t-shirt and H&M track pants (similar  here )

Austin wears Ducky Street tattoos, Mini Rodini t-shirt and H&M track pants (similar here)

1.     Try to reason with them. ‘We need the pram today because it’s a very long walk to get there, and we’re already running late so…please get in the pram. I really need you to get in the pram now. Get in the pram please. I said GET IN THE PRAMMMM'.  

2.     Bribery. Chocolate is a sure fire win. So is ice-cream. And sweets. And other yummy snacks. Though the sugar hit probably isn't going to win you any favours when it wears off in 20 minutes. Let’s just tackle one problem at a time shall we?

3.     Beg. This doesn’t really work but it somehow manages to find itself part of the negotiation cycle pretty damn often.

4.     Be passive aggressive. Yeah that is really going to work.    

5.     Get angry. Then instantly regret it.      

6.     Pretend to cry. This at least will get their attention even if it gets no other results.

7.     Give up.

Oh hold on wait, did I say seven easy steps? I meant seven steps I use, that drive me crazy! Ugh. Kids really have a knack for making grown-ups look completely mad don’t they? I usually find somewhere between six and seven Austin miraculously goes and does what I wanted, happy as larry, while I'm standing there a broken person.  #parentlife eh?