“I gave you life.” That’s my standard response for a variety of situations. So much so, that the kids nod their head knowingly when they know it’s coming, but it works with everything, I promise.
Kid 1: “But I don’t WANT to fold the laundry.”
Me: “I gave you life, can you give me folded clothes?”
Kid 2: “MOM, you ate my last GOLDFISH!”
Me: “I gave you life, can you give me one goldfish?”
Kid 3: “Do I HAVE to clean my room?”
Me: “I gave you life, can you pick up your toys?”
See? It’s a good one, don’t you think?