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Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Story of a Four Year Old Negotiator

Quinn is a natural negotiator.  Period.  I have no idea where he learned these strategies from, but if you need someone to negotiate a new car deal for you, he's your guy.

Take this evening for example...

We've been using what we call "Mickey Money" as a reward program with Quinn for a couple of weeks now (super successful! similar to Daddy Dollars that we used with the girls a few years ago).  He earns money throughout the day - getting dressed in the morning, being picked from school without a fuss, good dinner behavior, good bath time behavior, etc.  and then can spend his money on things like playdoh time, a pick from the treasure box, a new workbook (I stocked up at the hot spot at Target), special dessert, movie and snack, etc.  

We talked about adding a trip to his school's playground as a bigger ticket item.  So when Chris picked him from school this afternoon and he was crabby about not being able to play on the big playground, Chris offered up the new prize....

Chris:  Mom and I were thinking about adding a playground trip as something you could buy with your mickey money.
Quinn:  How much?  5 mickey monies?
Chris:  Um, we were thinking more like 25 or 30.
Quinn:  Oh, so not 5?
Chris:  No, more than that.
Quinn:  How about 10?
Chris:  I could maybe do 20.
Quinn:  Done.

I think Chris was scammed.  Just sayin.


molly said...

Has he been watching American Pickers? You should take him antique shopping with you next time. How can one argue with that kind of cuteness?

Emily said...

That is so awesome. He must get it from your side of the family because I know we don't have any of that kind of thing in our genetic code. Just sayin.

Jordan Willis said...

I love reading your posts about your son. Such a hoot!

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