Talking through the Dinosaur
This dinosaur speaks with an English accent, kind of like Mrs. Doubtfire, and Sully the monster is her sidekick. We have discovered that if we are at an impasse on a topic, my son is willing to speak to me through the dinosaur, who listens to his concerns and makes suggestions. Tonight, it was an aspect of school that was bothering him, and he and the dinosaur came up with a solution and shook on it.
Parenting requires way more creativity than I ever imagined.