I was addressing a behavior issue with my 5yr old granddaughter. “This behavior needs to change or you’ll need to go to another room”.
Like most 5yr olds, she started chanting, “I will, I will!!”
I tried reasoning, “But you’re not changing; change the behavior”.
The chanting continued. I breathed, heard a whisper and repeated it to her, “When I see it, I can believe it”.
She balled her fists, left the room, caught her breath, came out and we moved on.
The interesting part has been hearing the whisper again and again thru the weeks after she left, as I tell myself, “I will, I will!”