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Post a comment at the bottom of the entries whenever you want. Agree or disagree with the posts any way that gives an example of what you would say. This site is devoted to understanding everyday persuasive talk. How do we ask for what we want? What do we say when we are trying to get our way with something? Which words do we use when we really want something? When does politeness achieve desired results?

Examples are given across common persuasivetalk strategies:

(1) blunt talk, (2) direct request, (3) give a reason, (4) be polite, and (5) seek partnership.

From these examples, and examples you bring, we can share an understanding of the often delicate balance between persuasiveness and politeness.

- Poppenhusen


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Get back into your bed right now !

What does a parent say to a child when a child steps over the boundary for staying up late at night past bed time. First of all, consider how to put a fuse on the yelling and stop the yelling.

Children can be sneaky and sometimes curious and sometimes just not sleepy. A game we play with children in our home is called hide a toy. Say to the child . . . I am going to hide a toy in your bed and we will see if you can find it. Belive it or not we have luck with this . . . and at the very least the child has to go back to the bed to look for the toy, and that sometimes does a nice reset.

A link to a very personal story authored by a mother of four children

Yelling at the child Get back to bed !

can escalte poorly. Above is a link to a blog posted by Huffington Post that is a deep and

personal story of a woman who finally understood how much she was

yelling at her children. In an effort to remind herself to stay calm, she even changed over to orange color napkins at the dinner table.