“Small events are really small, but to believe in the little events is a great event.”
I’m always amazed when my children ask me for something they want and I say no. They ask the same question again and again, voices becoming louder and shriller. I continue to firmly say no, but suddenly I hear myself saying yes. How could that happen again?
When I answer yes, it is usually because I can’t be bothered to hear their nagging, and that’s when I feel it is easier to just give in and say yes. My daughter Filippa has managed to develop her negotiating skills one step further. It usually goes like this:
Filippa: Can I have a gingerbread cookie?
Me: No, you’ve already had three.
Filippa: Can I have a little gingerbread cookie?
Filippa: Can I get a tiny little gingerbread cookie?
Filippa: Can I have a teeny tiny little gingerbread cookie?
Me: Ok! (a teeny tiny gingerbread cookie won’t hurt I negotiate with myself and smile).
Taking a small step is usually easier than taking a big step. And managing to get two negotiators to feel happy, and still have a smile on your face is not so bad either.
Have a teeny tiny little gingerbread cookie and enjoy the holidays!
Anna Carlsson Sigstedt, Communication Manager at MultiMind