Wow, it's amazing . . .

. . . how industrious a girl can be when you take her iPad hostage. After dinner she asked for ice cream, so I let her have it. After she was done, she simply walked away and left behind the half-eaten container of ice cream, her utensils, dinner plate, etc. So, I took her beloved iPad and extracted a chore in exchange.  I even threw in a "get your pajamas on and then maybe you can have it back." 

The darned iPad was expensive but seriously, it's the best bargaining tool of all time. God forbid she should go a day without watching Minecraft videos or playing with an app that features a talking cat.


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