-The act or practice of manipulating.
-The state of being manipulated.
-exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
I would never describe my 3 yr old as being "shrewd or devious" and I don't like others portraying him in that manner. He IS intelligent and realizes what things mean but he is not pretending to be a certain way in order to trick us into getting a false response!
AHHHHH. I hate that word! When did it start being used for describing children? How do you feel about it?