Finding the right tactics to advance my cause and not lose my cool in the process is key. As Sun Tzu famously said, if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. We’ve had at least that many.
Since becoming a parent, I have worked hard to think like my adversary, the toddler, and at times to employ the kinds of tactics that she would use. It’s the only appropriate reaction I can find to the sort of irregular warfare she embraces. Here are seven ways in which I have employed toddler tactics in my interactions with my two-year-old.