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10 Cunning Strategies Every Small Child Knows

Always a (baby) step ahead.

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1. When filing requests, approach parents individually to double your odds of success.

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2. Evade responsibility. Fall asleep the instant before you are asked to clean up your mess.

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3. In post-combat arbitration remember sympathy goes to the more severely injured party.

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4. Deflect. When possible, shift blame to those who cannot speak to defend themselves.

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5. Watch to see which toys they guard closely; those are the ones you want.

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6. Stall. Hide your favorite toy in order to delay bed time as long as possible.

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7. Make incremental requests. Don’t ask for a chapter; ask instead “one more page.”

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8. Appeal to emotions. Accommodation upgrades can be obtained by eliciting sympathy.

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9. REMEMBER: don’t try to do too much. The large ones will reward the slightest effort

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10. And when all else fails, use your abnormally large eyes to render them defenseless.

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Let me know which ones I missed in the comments below!