One morning I was about to lose it when she was refusing to go to school (again). She'd been crying/wailing/screaming/kicking her feet toddler style for over an hour past when we should have left for school. I took a little break and walked away for a minute or two to breathe. Then I sat next to her, softly stroked her hair and quietly said our mantra to her a few times: "You're safe. You're loved. You can handle this."
She screamed louder to cover up my voice.
So I decided to change things up. I belted it out opera style! The louder she screamed, the louder I sang. And the more off key!
By the third round, she was struggling not to laugh. By the fifth, she was singing along! We sang it together all the way to school.
I've pulled it out a few times since then with the same results. Try it with anything you want to say.
"It's time to clean your room."
"Pee in the toilet not the laundry basket."
"I'm never going to leave you."
Let me know if it gets your kiddo unstuck!
Here's a video of Princess and I reenacting it. Ignore the dark, sideways image of dolls. The audio is what we wanted to present!