I am a master negotiator.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I got High Paper in my Negotiation class in law school. (Let’s not talk about my Federal Tax grade. I don’t have to tell you who fills out the returns in our house.)
The key to a successful negotiation is to make the person on the other side think that you are completely caving in, when in actuality you aren’t giving up anything that truly impacts you at all.
Take, for example, my efforts to get Lulu excited about preschool this week. Last week was Puppy Week. Girlfriend slept with her backpack on. It’s a puppy backpack, naturally.
This week, unfortunately, was Dinosaur Week.
Dinosaurs are big.
Dinosaurs are scary.
Dinosaur crafts aren’t sparkly or glittery or cute. They look like this.
I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure it’s wrong to tell your kid their artwork looks like crap.
I resisted. It’s actually an egg. Either way, I have to keep it on our bookcase. Crap. I plan to “negotiate” it into the trash can.
Lulu was refusing to get dressed for preschool this morning, all in protest of her Paleolithic studies. It didn’t help that the “Tax Man” had gotten out an entire village of My Little Ponies for her and Gigi while I was at the gym. Way to set the stage for academia, dude.
And so I negotiated.
To the lay person “Get dressed for school and you can have a cookie for breakfast” would sound like bribery.
But this isn’t just any cookie. It’s a Caveman Cookie. Just like the dinosaurs ate.
Lulu thought she was getting away with something, when truly she had less maple syrup than she’d have had on her pancakes.
And guess what?
She totally caved.
gluten-free, grain-free and Paleo-friendly
Makes 16 cookies
- 1 1/2 c. almond flour (directions follow)
- 2/3 c. almond butter or sunflower seed butter
- 1/2 c. honey or maple syrup
- 1 “flax” egg (1 T. ground flax + 3 T. water) or 1 organic egg
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/2 t. vanilla extract
- 3/4 c. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using a flax egg, mix together and set aside.
You can easily make your own almond flour using a high speed blender or food processor and blanched, raw almonds.
Combine almond flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, cream almond or sunflower seed butter, honey or maple syrup, egg and vanilla.
Add almond flour mixture gradually until a dough forms, then fold in chocolate chips.
Scoop dough by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet, spacing cookies at least an inch apart.
Bake for 11-12 minutes or until set.
Allow cookies to cool on pan for a minute or two before transferring to a cooling rack.
And suddenly, Lulu was dressed and ready for school.
And both girls wanted breakfast.
I asked Lulu, “Are you going to have these every day for Dinosaur Week?”
She roared, “YESSSSSS!” Gigi nodded. Pea Daddy smiled.
And then Lulu said, “But it’s not Dinosaur Week, Mom! It’s Dinosaur Month!”
And suddenly I realized who the master negotiator was.