Co-written by Heather Malley and Susan North
"Negotiating” is a word that covers a lot of ground. Sometimes it just means mediating between your needs/wants and those of your child. These are rich opportunities for emotional conversations (i.e. conversations about feelings) and problem solving. But if you find yourself getting into an argument with your child about every juncture/transition/obligation that comes up in the course of the day, the two of you may have just developed a bad habit.