Naturally, life with a toddler is fraught with constant negotiations. For better or worse, a toddler’s passions are copious and often turbulent. As the parent, the need to choose your battles leads to endless stabs at bribery, cajolery, time-outery and other questionable judgement calls. And there is so much to work with. Therefore, the plaintive “Can I watch Dinosaur Train?” is invariably answered with “Yes, after nap,” or “Once you eat a good supper,” or “If you do potty-hands-teeth with no fussing” etc. etc. ad nauseum.
Today at the Farmer’s Market, after church and before the promised visit to a playground, my boy deftly negotiated his way to a fresh scoop of organic strawberry ice cream. Being too cheap to throw down for a ‘nother ($3) serving for myself, I asked him (nicely) if Mommy could have bite.
His reply? Feeding himself a bite, coolly he says, “When we get to the park.”