How do you tell a preschooler to stop being bossy? See if you can spot Noah's teacher's strategy transplanted into this Get Dressed! conversation:
Me: Noah, would you please put your clothes on?
Me: Noah, can you get dressed, please?
(Repeat a number of times proportional to patience level.)
Me: Noah. Put. Your. Clothes. On.
Noah: I don't like it when you talk to me like that!
Me: Then get dressed!
Noah: Mommy, everyone gets to decide what they want to do for themselves.
Me: Okay, well, I guess you decided to stay here while Mattias and I go shopping.
Me: Well, we're going shopping. You need to be dressed if you want to come with us. Otherwise, you stay here.
Noah: No! Mommy, you can't do that! Parents are suppose to take care of us kids. That's your job. You can't leave me!
Me: Then get dressed. Come on. Pajamas off. Clothes on.
Noah: I said no! Everyone gets to decide what they want to do for themselves!
Me: Then you decided to stay here.
Noah: No! Parents are suppose to take care of us kids...