(When kids are being difficult, pretending to give them a choice can help persuade them to do what you ask)
Preface: Teaching swimming lessons to a 4 year old girl.
Teacher: Okay, let’s blow bubbles!
Child: No, I don’t want to get my face wet.
Teacher: Alright, well you can blow bubbles or I can pour water over your hair
*blows bubbles angrily*
Teacher: Good Job! Let’s swim across the shallow end!
Teacher: Fine. You can swim across the shallow end or the deep end, your choice.
*swims across the shallow end*
Teacher: Okay! Now let’s do front and back stars!
Child: No, I don’t want to.
Teacher: Fine, you can do your stars with my help or by yourself.
Child: Fine, help me.
Teacher: Okay Great! Next we practice jumping in!!
Child: I don’t want to jump in!
Teacher: Common, you love jumping in.
Teacher: Alright, you can jump in or you can get your towel and stop playing with me!
*hops out of the pool, gets her towel*
Teacher: …Outwitted by a 4 year old.