Two years ago: When my child is two, I will speak in a positive manner and not threaten him! No, I will say, you need to do X before Y can happen.
Two days ago: I will offer two chances for a positive statement and THEN I will threaten my toddler with the consequence. "Do X, or Y will happen."
Today: I will not slap my toddler. I will not slap my toddler. I will not slap my toddler. Is 8 AM too early for a drink?
(He's in his crib, 'calming down'. I am in the living room. Nobody has been slapped, except for me.)
P.S. I have come up with a sure-fire parenting technique to reduce conflict with an almost-three-year-old. If I never ask him to do anything, we will not have conflicts! Unfortunately, the inverse is true: If I ever ask him to do anything, we will have conflicts.