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Mix and Match

"Beware of the Terrible Twos!"  The flashing lights of caution couldn't brace me for the Ides of 
Max: the Tyrant Toddler.  I've had to channel my inner diplomatic genius just to calm outrageous demands for candy breakfast, bottomless bottles of bubbles and mismatched socks under winter boots for summer walks. However, even with a background in International Policy, my patience is no match for Max's strategic practice of "Serblish" where he rallies between English and Serbian in a super-confusing game, challenging Mommy's calls with brutal commands and one-sided negotiations.

Before Max's interchangeable play of "No want it!" and its clean version "Hoće to!" push me to my breaking point, I've decided to exercise a few "Jedi Mind Tricks" of my own.   Perhaps, my Mommy Advantage can help me avoid conflict and earn more wins than losses.  The U.S. Open has arrived just in time to provide a much needed tutorial on diplomacy from the competitive stage.

Modern peacekeeping agendas are not only pursued at the United Nations but desired at many a kitchen tables, especially when it comes to reasoning with a toddler about the breakfast menu. While Max's bold orders of "candy, chupa and čoko" are dictated with confidence and ease, it is clear that his negotiating skills require some practice and perhaps even the conditioning of a tennis pro.  Like many aspiring champions, Max is faced with the task of minimizing his unforced errors and maintaining the favorable cheer of the crowd.
After reviewing the plays of tennis greats Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, representing Team USA and Team Serbia respectively, I've proposed a few tactics to help Max and Mommy reach mealtime goals.  Stacked in my favor, the course of action follows that Max must be able to work within the framework of a team where Mommy not only directs the plays, but calls the time outs and drafts all opening and closing remarks.
Finally, after long hot tempered volleys, muscle memory will allow Max to properly articulate his gratitude.  Among many others, this talent has been gracefully demonstrated by Williams throughout her career, best exhibited when she gave her 2015 French Open Championship Speech à propos in the langauge of the host nation.  In the same swing, Djokovic without exception, always gives respectful praise to his opponents no matter how grand the stage.
Only a great athlete can truly revolutionize the game and Max has quite a few matches to serve before he can dictate change on Centre Court.  In the meantime, while Daddy handles his training, Mommy aims to prepare him for his diplomatic position both on and off of the court.  We know that it will take more than a full serving of the Breakfast of Champions for Max to argue both sides of the net and until we reach a tiebreak we'll have to rely on the timeless treaty, "Mommy said so!"