Sunday, July 17, 2005

The Art of Child Negotiation

"I landed on your space again." "Hey, that's my space!" "Too bad, it's not your turn anymore. No wonder you don't have any money." "Larissa's losing, she doesn't pay attention." "I just landed on your space too." "Oh. Whoops." Obviously I am not of the school that says you should allow kids to win at Monopoly. "200 dollars." "I don't have that much money." "You're out!" Although I admit it wasn't the same after Corey beat her. Much harder to distract him when I landed on his spaces.

"You've got five minutes to drink your milk. Three. Make sure you brush your teeth so they won't be rotten!" "Will you read me a story?" "Yes, as soon as I finish cleaning up the Monopoly. You could help me." "No, I don't want to." "OK, that's your story." "No, I want to keep looking..." "You're dawdling..." "Huh?" "Stalling!"

After the fascinating adventures of Wendell and Lloyd and their secret shortcut, the even more fascinating adventures of Jake Long, American Dragon. "Now what did my mysterious old master tell me about brownies- they like shiny things!" Ooooh, I like shiny things, too, maybe I'm a brownie....shiny...Jake Long, who apparently is the epitome of American kids, saying things like, "Yo, that's how it's be!" and other such annoyances. Who is being taught by a mysterious old master and a talking dog. Who has to pass three dragony tests by three dragony judges or he loses said master. Who has a rival who makes fun of him and plays tricks, attempting to thwart his quest. Who was up against the Dark Dragon who has mysteriously and most unfortunately returned to power. Can we please stop ripping off Harry Potter here?

"Good night, Nettie." "Good night." "Thank you for baby-sitting." Awwwwww.......


At 7/17/2005 03:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some odd reason, people think I'm good with kids. I've had the babysitting gig several weekends now.


At 7/17/2005 06:50:00 AM, Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

mmmmmmm, brownies, put that word into any blog, it's over for me

At 7/17/2005 07:13:00 AM, Blogger baileysMilk said...

does babysitting pay well??

At 7/17/2005 09:09:00 AM, Blogger Tammy said...

Clearly you have more patience than me....I go crazy babysitting my own kids....oh wait, that's not babysitting, is it?

Cool blog, btw.

At 7/17/2005 01:04:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Where's my bedtime story?

At 7/17/2005 01:20:00 PM, Blogger Aleecia F. said...

I like babysitting! Its fun... I guess. I have only babysitted the neighbors kids and my cousins. Since I am only 11! But im soon 12 so i will get my baby sitting liecnce and 2 more babys are coming into our family so i will be able to baby sit them soon! How much did u get???

At 7/17/2005 02:01:00 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

When I was a kid, there weren't cool babysitters like you. I just had big sisters who made me clean the house so they could get the credit.

At 7/17/2005 06:15:00 PM, Blogger Christopher Trottier said...

I prefer the mafia version of Monopoly.

"Come on, give me Park Place or I'll cut your legs off!"

At 7/17/2005 10:13:00 PM, Blogger John said...

Excellent post Nettie! As a Grandad... I love baby sitting!:)


At 7/17/2005 10:30:00 PM, Blogger Paula said...

I can't think of anyone I trust more than you to take care of my kids!!!!! You're a cool babysitter!

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