Today, my little guy was sick and completely run down. I think he's going to be home from school tomorrow too.
At some point over the weekend of sickness, it occurred to him that it's OK to say no as long as he's polite. We do keep asking him to use a nice voice.
No matter what we said to him, his response was, "No, thank you." Like a Jedi. Then he walked away as if we had been dismissed, like the issue was settled with one polite phrase.
It's time to go to bed. No, thank you.
You need to blow your nose. No, thank you.
Dinner's ready. No, thank you.
He was relentless in his polite no-thank-you response today. It's brilliant really. I'm going to try it tomorrow. Whatever anyone wants from me, my response will be an extremely polite, "No, thank you."