Well, I think I have a way to get my kids to listen to me…. better.
Me: Could you please empty the dishwasher?
Kid 1: Why do I have to do it?
Me: Every time you argue back with me it takes a day off my life.
Me: Stop arguing with your sister!!
Kid 2: I can’t stand him!
Kid 3: shut up!
Me: Every time you two fight, it takes a day off my life.
Now, it’s probably doing more harm than good… but the dishwasher is clean and the kids have retreated to their own rooms.