Parents

10 Negotiations All Parents Have With Their Kids

Because we said so.

Every parent knows that moment. The moment where your frustrated/tired/hungry/insert-other-adjective kid is just about to lose it. This usually happens a) in public and/or b) when you're exhausted.

That's when the negotiating begins. You may not have gone to business school, but at this point in your life as a parent, it's clear that you've got the negotiating skills of a used car salesman. Like any good ally, we raise our hands to you in salute. Here are 10 over-the-top negotiations that every parent has experienced.

When you just need your kid to eat...
So you cover everything in yogurt since that's the ONLY thing she eats at the moment.
When you just need your kid to poop on the potty...
And you find yourself at Costco buying economy-sized packs of M&Ms, which are the only currency your child trades in these days.
When you just need your kid to brush his teeth...
So you buy Lego-shaped toothbrushes, chocolate-flavored toothpaste and floss made from a unicorn's mane.
When you just need your kid to put her shoes on...
So you keep all her shoes in the car, since that's the only place where you can actually be sure she'll put the damn things on.
When you just need your kids to chill...
So you offer them every marker, crayon and coloring device you can get your hands on in exchange for some peace and quiet.
When you just need him to do his homework...
So you seal off the door to his room and turn off the Wi-Fi.
When you just need your kid to clip her nails...
So you crawl under the table, ninja style, to clip her nails while she eats dessert.
When you need your kids to clean up their stuff...
So you start pulling out black garbage bags in a not-so-subtle hint.
When you just need her to go to sleep...
So you swear that Santa Claus NEVER visits homes where kids don't go to bed.
When you just need to concentrate for a f**king moment...
So you bring out that very serious "look" that you only get every once in a while.