I have often employed the tactic of offering the Princess, unpalatable choices, for example, she will say â€œI donâ€™t want to go outâ€ and I will reply â€œwell, itâ€™s either go out or go for a nap; you decideâ€. She is then temporarily stuck and I use the pause to press home my advantage. She seems to be getting the hang of this game, though. The other day she asked me to read her a story as I was getting Daniel out of the bath. â€œI canâ€™tâ€ I said. â€œWell, itâ€™s either read me a story or get a smack; you decideâ€. I should point out that although she personally is a big fan of corporal punishment, we have never smacked the Princess, though we have often been tempted. She does not appear to have imbibed our values and believes in the â€œspare the rod and spoil the childâ€ maxim, particularly, insofar as it applies to her brothers.