But (and this is KEY, people!) always make it seem like it was your idea.
Great parenting tip, right?
So, when Tatum wanted to get our friend Boyd's socks out of his clean laundry pile and play with them? I got them out for her and undid the rubber bands that kept them together. Then, I threw them all in the air and yelled, "SOCK PARTYYYY."
When Tatum was non-stop fussing, nothing was helping, and I just wanted to drink a dang cup of coffee? I said, "I have an idea! Let's watch an episode of Dora!" Gets her every time.
See, I'm still the boss, just more of a Michael Scott type at times. And what's so wrong with that?