Mimi and I have spent a lot of time lately trying to figure out how to get through to our children who seem to be immune to the obvious strategies of parenting. here are two of my most recent attemps:
John: Jensen, if I come home from work and see your toys spread out on the floor for me to step on, I am going to have to throw them away.
Jensen: OK dad. (He picks up his Remote Control car from the floor and tosses it in the trash)
On the way to church today...
John: Jensen, are you going to be a good boy in Sunday School Class today?
John: What do you think I should do for punishment if you are naughty?
Jensen: You could throw me in the ocean so that the sharks eat me.
He has out-manuvered me each time! Ellie sticks to her simple stall tactics. "I will in a minute daddy." "I need to go potty first daddy." Things like that.