In order to get my cranky 5 year old to put on her school clothes this morning, I, Blue Gal, noted commie and anti-commercialist, actually played the "Santa Claus is coming to town" gambit. On OCTOBER 22. I know.
After school, she'll get a dose of the Bruce Springsteen version:
Hey, if she better be good for goodness' sake, that'll do.
You know the title of my [unwritten] parenting book, right?