'mum-my! don't - just - keep say-ing that!'
(she hates being told what to do. now who does that remind me of?)
'yes darleenk but if i don't say it you don't do it and then you're late for school'
she's not happy
'how about we make a deal. instead of saying what you need to do, i simply ask you whether you're ready yet'
it's a deal.
(7-year old in schooliform with hair & teeth brushed, no shoes on)
'are you ready?'
(severe look of serious concentration - then face brightens up)
'no! i have to put on my shoes!'
(rushes to do the same)
off we go to school. life is bliss.