Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Say What You Mean; Mean What You Say

"Use your words."

This is a phrase that becomes quite popular through toddlerhood as we teach our children to speak and not to whine. To ask for what they want. I like to tell my children, "I don't read minds, and I don't speak whines." (I have lots of little phrases like that that my children HATE!)

But 8 year old Quinn has mastered the art of using her words, and is quickly becoming a master negotiator.

Q:  Mom, can I have 5 cookies.

Me:  No, Quinn.  You may have 2.

Q:  4?

Me:  3.

Q:  Yes!   That's how many I wanted to start with!

I don't know where she learned this technique, but I do know that if she survives childhood, it will be an excellent asset to her as an adult in whatever field she should go into. 


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  1. My oldest used a phrase something like that. I always thought she would make a great attorney. She decided to manufacture and wholesale an organic line of spa products. Yes, the attitude is still there and paying off.

  2. LOL... that's one smart "cookie" you have there!

    Thanks for the laugh. :)

  3. Hi lisa, am just 25 but this short conversation inspired me..the quote "say what you mean, mean what you say" ..thanks

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