And what do you know? I've never gotten all the way to 3. There's something about the counting that is temporarily working. If and when I ever do get to 3, I will be sure to follow through with the consequence, so he knows it isn't a game. What is it about counting that gets kids to do what you ask?
Me: "Ryan, I really want a cookie. Can you go get me one?" (I gave up sugar this week and I was having a serious craving for something sweet!)
Ryan: "Otay". (He goes into the kitchen and looks around.)
Ryan: (Runs back to me.) "D no home!!"
Me: "Oh no! Where are the cookies?"
Ryan: "D bye-bye" (Said with a sad face)
Me: "Well can you go find them for me?"
Ryan: (Proceeds to run around the house yelling in a sing-song voice) "Oh DEEEE! Oh DEEE!"