After more than eight years of parenting, my wife J- and I consider ourselves pretty skilled at manipulating each of our three kids like puppets, using whatever tools fit each kid at a given moment.
Sometimes, though, they show flashes of the similarly wonderful parents they may become themselves, someday:
J- (wanting a favor from our 5-year-old daughter M-, spinning it with a reliable phrase): So M-, can I count on you?
M- (not in the mood to help, and looking for a loophole): Ummmm... well, no, not today. (walking out of the room) I don't want anyone counting on me today.
You may enjoy my previous M- conversations, J- conversations, and (8YO son) D- conversations.