Children are evil geniuses.
Our five-year-old takes inventory of everything we ask her to do that she refuses to do all day long. When it’s bedtime, she asks to do everything we begged her to do but she wouldn’t do, knowing that we are more likely to say yes to something she knows we want her to do so that she can stay up a little longer. Water, healthy snacks, more reading, etc. “Remember? You said I needed to drink more water, right? You said I should eat apples.” It’s diabolical! All day, these items were arguments while she pushed our buttons and every boundary and did absolutely everything she knows for certain that she is not supposed to do. But it’s a setup. At night, she flips the script and suddenly wants to do every single thing we asked her to do the entire day. It’s brilliant, and it’s 11PM, and we’re eating enough apples and drinking enough water to be healthy for the next 80 years or so.
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