The following conversation took place this morning, as I was getting Short Stuff ready for school:
Me: Okay, kiddo... get your jacket. It's almost time to leave.
Short Stuff: I don't want to wear a jacket.
Me: Too bad. It's cold out this morning, and you have to wear a jacket.
SS: No I don't. The President says I have a choice.
Me: Oh, really?
SS: That's right. I Don't have to wear a jacket if I don't want to.
Me: Sadly son, that assumes this house is a democracy. You live in a dictatorship, and I am the supreme leader. Now, put on that jacket before I exercise my choice to punish you!
(Begrudgingly, Short Stuff puts on his jacket.)
Me: Good... wait a minute... where are your shoes, boy?
SS: My teacher also taught us about pastive resissance. (6-year-old-ese for passive resistance)