Living with Eleanor these days is like living with a ninja- navy seal-prosecuting attorney. The girl has learned to negotiate. There is a loop hole for everything and an explanation for each act of non-compliance.
We call it the ‘yeah buts’. A genius way of pretty much avoiding any and all parental requests.
“Eleanor, will you please keep your juice outside on the patio?” “Yeah, but… I was just coming in to tell you something.”
“Eleanor, will you be careful when you’re wading in the water?” “Yeah, but… I was just looking for shells.”
“Eleanor, run upstairs and grab your shoes so we can go to camp.” “Yeah, but… I was just wanting to put my wings on.”
“Eleanor you need to keep your hands off of your sister’s face.” “Yeah, but… I was just trying to make her laugh.”
“Eleanor, will you not splash because then your brother copies you and gets all wet.” “Yeah, but… I was just FEELING the water.”
We now tell her to do something with no yeah-buts, and her response is, “Yeah, I know that, but…”