verb (used with object)
1. to manage or influence skillfully.
2. to adapt or change to suit one’s purpose or advantage.
I manipulate my kids, especially my youngest two.
Why do I do this evil thing? Most likely it’s because, like the definition says, it suits my purpose.
I get it sounds selfish, but truly, when I consciously attempt to manipulate my kids, it’s out of love. The unconscious manipulations? That’s a different post entirely. When I act from a conscious place though, I do it to suit my needs and theirs. An adaptation or change to suit our mutual purpose and advantage. Too theoretical? Let me give you an example.
Here’s a manipulation I pull on my youngest kiddos every day about 12:15 pm. It’s how I get my two year old twins to walk themselves up our steps to their room at nap time. [Read more…]