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					             Love and Logic One-Liners
                                 By Jim Fay

Kids are able to hook adults into arguments. Here are some Love and Logic
“One-Liners” that will get adults off the hook. These are only effective when
said with genuine compassion, empathy, and understanding.

Child: “It’s not fair!” or “That’s stupid!” or “I don’t care!”
Adult Response:
   “Probably so.”
   “Could be.”
   “True.”
   “That’s a possibility.”
   “I’m afraid so.”
   “I know.”
   “I’ll bet it feels that way.”
   “Love you too much to argue.”

Child: “I hate you!”
Adult Response:
   “That’s sad. But I still love you.”
   “I guess I’m kind of hard to like sometimes.”

Child: “You don’t like me!”
Adult Response:
   “Nice Try.” (Say this with a genuine smile on your face
     and lilt in your voice.)

Child: “I’m not doing it, and you can’t make me!”
Adult Response:
   “Don’t worry about it now.”
   “There’s no hurry, just have it done before soccer.”
   “That could be done today, tomorrow or Wednesday. It’s
     really up to you.”
   “Take your time. I only expect it done by the end of the
     day.”

				
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