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Steer clear of doing deals with kids

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“Jai, if you eat up all your dinner, I’ll let you use my iPad for five minutes.”   Most kids under the age of ten would empty their plate in an instant with that sort of carrot dangled in their face.   But it’s a tricky game you play when dealing with kids to get some cooperation. For a start, you need to be prepared to raise the stakes as the novelty of five minutes of iPad use soon will wear off. Also you need to keep dealing with your kids as they learn that if they hang out long enough mum/dad or whoever will offer them a juicy enticement to win favours.   You get what you negotiate   Keep doing deals with kids enough and they learn that they get what they negotiate. That’s fine in the business world, but damn hard work in families.   Sometimes it’s kids who do the negotiating. “You want me ...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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