Here's a typical conversation with Lizzie:
Me: Hi Lizzie!
Me: What's going on?
Lizzie: (Giggles, runs away for a few minutes, then comes back over) Ticka-ticka-ticka-ticka-ticka-soog-soog-soog-cookie.
Me: Uh...you want a cookie?
Did she really want a cookie? No. But she said the word cookie, and I repeated it to her, so NOW she wants a cookie.
Here's a typical conversation with Neil:
Me: (repeating letters)
Me: (still repeating letters)
Me: I thought you were doing your letters.
Me: Okay! One.
Neil: 2...3...4...5...(each number shouted angrily...don't know why)
Me: (repeating numbers until the cat walks past)
Neil: Hey! Cow!
Me: Cat, Neil. Cat. T-t-t.
Neil: Yow. Go-Go.
Me: Yep, that's Go-Go. (Off he goes to chase the cat)
What can I say? He's a man of few words, but many letters and numbers. With both of them, these are successful conversations. No tantrums, no tears, and we had a conversation...I guess.