My son said he was afraid and wanted to sleep in Mom & Dad’s bed. I’m not a fan.
Turn the verb into a colloquialism.
The NLP community would call this an Apply to Self Sleight of Mouth technique.
It also paces my son’s understandings by using the same word he used. Now he understands, deeply, what I mean.
In other words, if he believes it’s hard for me to object to his pleading because he’s afraid, then he also buys why I can’t help him–’cause I’m afraid.
Now, that said, consciously, he understands I’m also just joshing him. It helps to understand this when his older sisters are giggling because the hear the humor in it.
I amplified the effect by beating by creatively coming up with other angles.
I hear my son giggle slightly. My work is done.