Child of mine (CofM): Can I have an ice cream, please?I swear it's the best trick ever. They're so prepared to hear "no" that the initial "yes" completely throws them and they don't even complain.
Me: Yes, you can - tomorrow afternoon.
CofM: Mama, can I join my friend's football team?
Me: Yes, when you have completed all your swimming lessons.
CofM: Mama, can I have a puppy?
Me: Yes, when you are an adult, not living at home any more, and you never want me to visit again.
Perhaps this trick is getting to be too much of a reflex if one starts using it on one's husband. Hypothetically speaking, of course.
B (initial, could stand for any husband really): You coming to bed?Oops.
Me: Yes, in ten minutes.
Still worked. Ha!