That sounds evil and conniving, doesn’t it, and somewhat Machiavellian. Yet, aren’t there times when getting your own way is necessary, and has many positive benefits?
My 9-year-old grandson spent the night. With everyone else in the universe, on Friday nights, he’s lights out and in bed at 9 o’clock – voluntarily. When he’s here, it's a whirlwind of dinner, a movie ( Tonight we watched "Home Alone" – with him covering my ears whenever bad language peppered the dialogue, :), board games like checkers, and fun, messy science projects. After all this is done, then bedtime negotiations begin. I’m a sucker for those big brown eyes, I admit it. But, I fooled him tonight. I set his cot in my husband’s room, and named it “the boy’s club”.
After prayers and a kiss, I hurried out, knowing that “the boys” would quietly fall asleep watching a sci-fi show. I was free, mission accomplished.
So, depending on the situation, do you use bribery, cajolery, trickery, flirting or, some other method to get your own way upon occasion?