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: 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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