I have another story about another 15-year-old boy. This boy asked his mother, Tired Tillie, if she would drive him to the movies. Tillie didn’t want to drive to the theatre but decided that she would do so if her son would wash the dishes. Tillie knew that her son could get a ride from a friend and wisely didn’t tell him that he couldn’t go, which would have escalated into a fight if he defied her, or resulted in anger on his part if he didn’t.

The issue was not whether or not her son could see a movie, but rather, whether Tillie would drive him to the theatre. The situation ended up being a win-win situation. Her son called a friend and went to the movie while Tillie enjoyed a quiet evening at home.

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