Directed Choice or Manipulation?

Arwen approached me with the question, “What does manipulate mean?”

We got out the dictionary.  One definition stated:  “To influence or manage shrewdly or deviously.”

“Oh, I get it.  It’s like when you say to a child, ‘Do you want to do some math or some reading?’”

“Think so?” I retorted. “I like to call that a directed choice!”