This day however it took him a lot longer to change his mind and after about 20 minutes I thought something was up.
In all seriousness though offering choices has saved the day around here many times. No more power struggles, yet you still retain your authority as the parent.
We just finished up facilitating a parenting class with the videos based on the book "Loving Our Kids on Purpose". While we still need to work on things ourselves we can not recommend this book enough, and those who went though the class found it enormously helpful and practical. We feel like it is the best book we have found that really helps us show the heart of God to our children and be the type of parent that He is to us.