I Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists

I do not negotiate with terrorists! That is one of my favorite things to say to my children when they ask why they can’t do or have what they want. I say it in jest but really I mean it and they know it.

This post is in response to yesterday’s post. Little Bobby was being a terrorist. Fools negotiate with terrorists and I am no fool. The problem with it is the terrorist is never appeased. They will only want more and more until you have given them everything you have and it is your fault because you didn’t want to deal with it and thought bowing down would be easier.

As a mother of five, I tend to run the house like boot camp. Order and routine are essential to keep everything running smoothly. It is also important to the general happiness of my children. Days when our routine is not kept, they tend to argue and disobey more often. Structure is needed not only for them but for me.

A few wonderful sayings my children will repeat when they are older:

  1. I do not negotiate with terrorists.
  2. Suck it up, life is not fair.
  3. Doing right and being right are two very different things.
  4. On Sunday morning, can you stand in front of a church full of people and say or do that? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
  5. What part of NO do you not understand?
  6. I do know where you sleep. Wink!

Peace, love and God’s will.

About Diane Graham

Diane Graham lives in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma with her husband, children and many dogs. She is an avid reader and lover of all art forms that encapsulate imagination and goodness. Her debut novel I Am Ocilla was released in March 2012.

4 comments on “I Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists

  1. 1. I must obey right away.
    2. No crying in the living room.
    3. Princesses don’t wet their panties.
    4. Does throwing a fit help or make it worse? That’s what I thought.
    5. Lying will ALWAYS result in a paddling. Then you’ll get punished again for what you did.
    6. If you made the mess… you clean it up.

  2. I’ve use variants of those I noticed this morning that I forgot one.

    Delayed obedience is disobedience.

  3. I wish I’d had the “I don’t negotiate with terrorists” line when I was teaching school! These are all great. And I suspect, Diane, your kids will also grow up and bless you.


    • Thank you, Becky! My Granny once told me that there are only two ways to look at all the things of life. They are a blessing or a burden. How you look at them is what they will be. I am blessed.

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