Everything is a negotiation, especially with kids. Comedian Jim Gaffigan jokes that his youngest daughter acts as the ring leader for his other four kids and turns bedtime into a hostage negotiation. Reluctantly, Gaffigan caves and gives in to their demands as long as they go to sleep. It’s humorous and true. Negotiating with children is part of fatherhood. And sometimes, we have to negotiate with our kids to regain some of our sleep. 

I took a MasterClass with former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss and learned some techniques I tried with my daughter. Here is how to masterfully negotiate with your kids. 


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