I asked my older girls to please play something with Ramona for just a little while. Ramona requested Pollies.
Betsy said, "I don't want to have to play Pollies!"
I sweetly asked if she could just play Pollies for about 20 minutes, while I did something else.
"Fifteen," she countered.
"Okay, fifteen," I agreed. I turned to Ramona, who had been watching this exchange.
"Ramona," I said, "how about fifteen minutes of Pollies with the girls?"
"Okay!" she said happily. "Mommy, you're a good haggler."