There’s a party you’re dying to go to. You’ve wanted a dog for years. There’s a new smartphone on sale. But your parents say no. What do you do to convince them?
Flattery? Tears? Hard sell? Soft sell? Bribery? Deception? How about honesty?
Have you ever tried PowerPoint?
In “PowerPoint Is the Most Efficient Way for Kids to Manage Their Parents,” Katherine Rosman writes:
Makennah Gatica, who is in eighth grade in Lubbock, Tex., knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: record albums, Puma sneakers, posters and slippers, all relating to her love of BTS, the South Korean boy band.
To convince her mother to buy some of these items, Makennah, who is 13, created an 85-slide PowerPoint presentation.
The slide show begins with a visual explainer of the K-pop music genre: images of the musicians making silly faces and an embedded video of them that Makennah has labeled “iCoNiC.” The demonstration next zeros in on coveted items of “BTS murch” (meaning, obviously, merchandise). Slide 17 reveals a publicity photo of the seven male band members, with an overlaid caption Makennah wrote that says, “I’m going to give you a list of things I would have an enormous amount of gratitude for :)”
Rather than just emailing the document, she delivered its contents in person, standing before her mother to make the full audiovisual pitch. “I like to add music and do my own intros and stuff,” Makennah said.
For children growing up in a world where personal relationships are often maintained and managed through digital products, sometimes convincing parents to do stuff is most easily achieved with the help of a PowerPoint presentation. School projects routinely call for students to create and display slide shows, so they’re comfortable with the technology. And maybe parents are amused, and more open to saying yes, when seeing their children doing the ho-hum, middle-aged task of calling a meeting to show off a deck, as working stiffs like to say.
The article also describes the efforts of Cade Collins, 14, to get a puppy:
On the occasion of his brother Luke’s birthday last year, Cade sat his parents in their living room, turned down the lights, streamed some soft jazz, lit a candles and dressed in a T-shirt with a picture of a puppy on it. Then he unleashed upon his parents a PowerPoint pressure-tation entitled, “Reasons Why We Need to get a Wing Pup.” The family already had a dog, Cooper, age 10, whom the family had nicknamed “the Wing.” But Luke wanted a duck-hunting dog and relatives were offering a black Labrador from a new litter.
The boys’ parents, Vallie and Steve Collins, didn’t want a puppy to distract the boys from their responsibility of walking and picking up after Cooper. Plus, they were trying to sell their house and they didn’t think it was smart to take on a needy, messy new pet.
In a slide that he headlined “I Know What Your Thinking,” Cade wrote, “I’ve heard it from you mom, ‘We would but there is just too much stress with moving houses.’ Well, boy do I have an answer for you. Studies have shown that when petting a dog your body releases a number of ‘feel good’ hormones, such as serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin. There for releasing stress.” (He meant “you’re” and “they’re” but that’s not the point here.)
“Coopers years are numbered and he is slowing down, but a younger energetic presence wouldn’t hurt and may improve his lifestyle,” he added. (See slide four, “Lets Face It.”)
What did Mr. and Ms. Collins say? What do you think?
But before Willie joined the family (they named the new dog after Willie Nelson!), the boys had to sign a contract promising that they would clean up accidents, monitor the pup’s furniture-chewing and keep him fed and groomed. “We replied to the PowerPoint with our own official documents,” said Ms. Collins.
Students, read the entire article, then tell us:
— How do you get what you want from your parents? What strategies have worked and which have not? How often are you successful?
— Tell us about a time when you really wanted something and had to work very hard to convince your parents to give their approval. What happened?
— Do you think you might use PowerPoint (or other audio/visual aides) the next time you need to ask your parents for something big?
Students 13 and older are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.B:
2016年马报开奖记录【在】【秦】【人】【和】【玛】【琼】【琳】“【爆】【料】”【之】【后】【又】【过】【了】【一】【段】【时】【间】，【时】【间】【已】【经】【接】【近】【了】【七】【月】。 【高】【中】【的】【假】【期】【也】【即】【将】【来】【临】。 【不】【过】【这】【些】【和】【秦】【人】【已】【经】【没】【什】【么】【关】【系】【了】，“**”【这】【个】【马】【甲】【已】【经】【不】【是】【他】【寄】【宿】【的】【驱】【壳】，【已】【经】【变】【成】【了】【近】【似】【磷】【子】【一】【般】【的】【工】【具】【人】【了】。 【他】【现】【在】【这】【个】“【貘】【良】【了】”，【这】【个】【火】【雾】【战】【士】【的】【身】【份】，【不】【需】【要】【去】【上】【什】【么】【课】。 【他】【一】【直】【在】【等】
【生】【活】【一】【旦】【没】【有】【烦】【恼】，【日】【子】【就】【会】【过】【得】【飞】【快】。 【和】【陆】【子】【嘉】【也】【算】【曲】【折】【地】【彼】【此】【见】【过】【父】【母】【了】。 【虽】【然】【她】【爸】【从】【没】【表】【示】【过】【承】【认】【他】【们】【俩】【之】【间】【的】【恋】【情】。 【陆】【子】【嘉】【妈】【妈】【那】【边】，【听】【陆】【子】【嘉】【说】【她】【不】【反】【对】【他】【们】【了】，【只】【要】【别】【耽】【误】【了】【高】【考】。 【但】【一】【直】【到】【高】【考】【结】【束】，【她】【都】【没】【有】【勇】【气】【去】【见】【陆】【子】【嘉】【妈】【妈】【第】【二】【次】。 【高】【考】【结】【束】【的】【那】【天】【并】【没】【有】【比】6【月】【的】【其】【他】
【也】【不】【知】【道】【是】【不】【是】【顾】【悦】【笙】【得】【心】【里】【作】【祟】，【她】【总】【感】【觉】【尹】【言】【看】【着】【她】【的】【眼】【神】【已】【经】【不】【像】【当】【初】【看】【着】【她】【那】【么】【的】【单】【纯】，【那】【其】【中】【神】【色】，【总】【是】【让】【她】【觉】【得】【心】【中】【有】【些】【不】【舒】【服】。 【尹】【言】【看】【着】【她】，【还】【不】【知】【道】【她】【心】【中】【所】【想】，【尽】【管】【表】【达】【着】【自】【己】【内】【心】【的】【情】【绪】，【看】【着】【她】【很】【紧】【张】【的】【说】【道】：“【笙】【儿】！【你】【被】【陆】【俊】【科】【欺】【负】【了】【没】【有】？【他】【是】【不】【是】【也】【欺】【负】【你】【了】？” 【看】【着】【尹】【言】【紧】2016年马报开奖记录“【还】【真】【的】【去】【啊】！【这】【也】【太】【牛】【了】【吧】！【如】【果】【你】【今】【天】【能】【把】【这】【件】【事】【情】【办】【妥】，【我】【就】【是】【真】【的】【佩】【服】【你】！【以】【后】【肯】【定】【不】【会】【给】【你】【添】【乱】！”【苏】【蕊】【笑】【着】【说】【道】。 “【得】【嘞】，【你】【就】【瞧】【好】【吧】，【绝】【对】【不】【会】【让】【你】【失】【望】【的】！”【钟】【神】【秀】【笑】【了】【笑】，【然】【后】【骑】【着】【电】【瓶】【车】【就】【出】【门】【了】。 【而】【苏】【蕊】【因】【为】【看】【不】【起】【钟】【神】【秀】【和】【他】【的】【这】【个】【电】【瓶】【车】，【所】【以】【就】【立】【刻】【出】【门】【乘】【坐】【了】【出】【租】【车】，【免】【得】【丢】
【在】【其】【他】【的】【女】【人】【耳】【里】，【就】【是】【在】【嘲】【讽】【她】【们】。 “【妹】【妹】，【你】【怎】【么】【可】【以】【这】【么】【说】【呢】？” 【乔】【叶】【一】【副】【柔】【柔】【弱】【弱】【的】【样】【子】，【似】【乎】【像】【是】【宁】【素】【素】【欺】【负】【了】【所】【有】【人】【一】【样】。 【她】【只】【不】【过】【笑】【笑】，【在】【候】【府】【里】【面】，【那】【些】【女】【人】【还】【不】【是】【一】【样】。 “【妹】【妹】？【我】【记】【得】【我】【娘】【家】【并】【无】【你】【这】【个】【姐】【姐】。” 【宁】【素】【素】【重】【重】【的】【咬】【着】【姐】【姐】【两】【个】【字】。 “【在】【怎】【么】【说】，【我】【也】【是】
《【乘】【风】【阁】》【外】【的】【迷】【雾】【森】【林】【不】【仅】【以】“【迷】【雾】”【植】【物】【闻】【名】，【更】【因】【风】【景】【美】【轮】【美】【奂】【而】【出】【名】。 【但】【这】【美】【轮】【美】【奂】【不】【是】【景】【区】【内】【能】【体】【验】【到】【的】，【而】【是】【得】【漂】【浮】【于】【景】【区】【空】【中】。【森】【林】【里】【那】【朦】【胧】【的】【让】【人】【束】【手】【束】【脚】【的】【白】【雾】，【搁】【在】【空】【中】【看】【便】【幻】【化】【成】【了】【一】【个】【个】【图】【案】，【比】【天】【空】【的】【白】【云】【还】【要】【善】【变】。 【如】【玉】【坐】【在】【回】【程】【的】【飞】【机】【里】，【难】【得】【体】【会】【了】【一】【把】【美】【妙】【的】【风】【景】。
【如】【此】【猛】【烈】【的】【阵】【仗】，【外】【面】【的】【弟】【子】【都】【眩】【晕】，【更】【不】【用】【说】【阵】【内】【接】【受】【筛】【查】【的】【人】，【但】【是】【他】【们】【偏】【偏】【不】【敢】【运】【功】【抵】【御】。 【吼】…… 【张】【新】【觉】【再】【次】【爆】【吼】【一】【声】，【口】【中】【竟】【快】【速】【长】【出】【尖】【牙】，【现】【出】【了】【真】【身】，【更】【加】【猛】【烈】【的】【撞】【击】【光】【幕】。 “【旱】……【魃】……”【张】【家】【族】【人】【都】【看】【呆】【了】，【特】【别】【是】【年】【轻】【弟】【子】，【还】【是】【第】【一】【次】【见】。 “【魃】【什】【么】！【一】【个】【蓝】【眼】【僵】【也】【敢】【放】【肆】！
【结】【束】【了】【精】【灵】【女】【王】【的】【一】【生】，【白】【术】【并】【没】【有】【想】【以】【前】【一】【样】，【回】【到】【球】【球】【的】【私】【人】【小】【空】【间】【里】。 【她】【直】【接】【穿】【越】【到】【了】【下】【一】【个】【世】【界】。 【一】【个】【科】【技】【发】【的】【星】【际】【世】【界】。 【但】【也】【是】【一】【个】【在】【白】【术】【看】【来】，【国】【民】【生】【活】【算】【不】【上】【太】【幸】【福】【的】【星】【际】【世】【界】。 【至】【少】，【穿】【越】【了】【那】【么】【多】【世】【界】，【白】【术】【就】【没】【听】【说】【过】【单】【身】【还】【要】【纳】【税】【的】。 【偏】【偏】，【这】【个】【世】【界】【的】【单】【身】【税】【超】【级】【高】，