Creativity expert, professor, father and former day care provider Rustin Wolfe writes a weekly MinnMoms parenting advice column that uses creative punishments to put a positive spin on negative behavior.
Here's one of his creative solutions:
AS YOU WISH
Question: How should I respond when my son threatens to stop playing with me if I don't do what he wants?
Behavior: Child trying to leverage parent.
Problem: You're the parent.
Solution: Obviously, don't give in.
Activity: Instead, tell him, 'That's too bad. I really like to play with you. Oh, well.' This kind of response does three things:
1. It lets him know you like to play with him.
2. It lets him know you won't be manipulated.
3. It lets him know he won't be getting a rise out of you.
There's no reason to get emotional. Just lay it out for him. Once he sees it's ineffective, he won't keep making the threat.