We were at a birthday party and the kids got normal-air balloons on plastic sticks (the kind that stand up without need for helium).
Hannah had been annoying Joni
by bopping her on her head with her balloon, so I told Hannah that if
she didn't cease and desist, I would take the balloon away from her. She
didn't, so I did.
Naturally, Hannah, being 2½, started whining
and crying. After some minutes, Joni decided she wanted the baby sling
that Hannah had on her lap. I told Joni that she'd have to ask Hannah
for it because it was Hannah's. Joni asked, then complained to me that
even though she said "Please", Hannah didn't give it to her. I explained
to Joni that it was because Hannah was upset that her balloon had been
taken away from her.
Then Joni proceeded to negotiate with
Hannah that if mummy gave her back her balloon, would she promise not to
bop Joni on her head anymore? So Hannah promised, and we gave her back
her balloon, then Joni asked for for the sling "please" and Hannah gave
it to her!
Juliane and I were quite impressed with 4-year-old Joni's negotiation skills! ☺