Another great idea from Duane:
My 4yr old daughter hates putting clothes over her head. Screams bloody murder, crumples to a heap on the floor to prevent it. One day I said, “Close your eyes, and I’ll count to 3. Ready? 1, 2, 3!” and the shirt was over her head before she knew it. Well, she finds this wonderful, and every morning when it’s time to get dressed (and every night for pajamas) she now says, “Can we do 123?”
To keep her from getting bored with it (I don’t think that saying “1 2 3″ is much of a hack!), here’s the trick – you have to change it up every time. So I’ll say, “Let’s do 1 2 3 backwards” or “How about in Japanese?” or “Monty Python style?” Keep it silly, keep the attention away from the deed, and you can get great things accomplished.
I think that last line should be cross-stitched and hung on the wall of every home. The more we avoid the inevitable power struggles (saving the big guns for the really important stuff), the easier everyone will breathe.
Related: Getting past “no” with a game