Neither of my children are particularly compliant.
The girl likes to verify that I really mean what I say before she complies. Repeatedly.
Can I watch another video?
Just one more video!
How about I watch one more video?
Only one more?
I have a great idea. How about one more video!
It will be the last video.
I'm going to watch one more!
Can I watch just one more?
I think I should watch one more.
Even as I long to gouge out my ears with blunt, broken crayons, I still admire her perseverance.
The boy prefers to ignore me.
We aren't going to have any treats.
There aren't any treats in that cupboard.
Please put the chair back at the table.
Please get down off the chair.
Get down off the chair.
Don't climb on the counter. There aren't any treats in the cupboard.
I told you there aren't any in the cupboard. Let go of the doors.
Please get off the chair or I am going to lift you down.
Don't push me.
When ignoring me doesn't get him what he wants he does the only thing left. Watching him stand in the middle of the hallway crying with all his might, I can't help but admire his sense of conviction. If not his compliance.