I’ve watched enough episodes of the TV show “Flashpoint” to come to the conclusion that hostage negotiations have much in common with raising a strong-willed two year old.  Phrases like “I understand that’s what you want, and I’d like to give it to you, but first I need you to do this one thing (lately, go pee-pee on the potty) for me,” are invaluable.  The negotiator must be creative, persistent, and calm in the face of unbelievable circumstances, rising tensions, and impossible demands.  Force may be used, but only as a last resort. 


You know, I’d love to meet the guy who first made a distinction between “Housewives” and “Working Mothers.”  I’d really like to see how long he could make it alone, behind closed doors, with a strong-willed toddler!