Life is all about negotiating. We see young children developing this skill when it comes to eating their greens. We negotiate with them: ‘Eat your broccoli and you can have some dessert.’ The decision is then up to them. How badly do they want the dessert? ‘If I eat half of my broccoli, can I have half of my dessert?’ The negotiations go back and forth. In some instances, it’s non-negotiable; in others, there is room for flexibility – normally depending on the energy level of the parent. CONTINUE READING.