You know there aren't any, as far as mothering, but there are a few tricks. I picked this up while waiting in line at the bookstore. This Mom-O-Matic has a few programmed answers: Go ask Daddy and Oh! Look! a Pony! are just two.
Not to say I'm a great mom worthy to pass on my tips, by any means, but there are two things for wee ones that worked great.
1) Always give a choice that gets you where you want to go. The idea of empowerment on your terms. For example, "which foot do you want the first shoe on -- the left, or the right" (works great with two year-olds).
2) Sing your way to team work. As in: This is the way we march to the bath, march to the bath, march to the bath... (works great with little kids, again).
3) Disrupt difficult moments with fabulous vocabulary words. It hooks kids most all the time. "Well, that is your prerogative." (prerogative is one of my childrens' favorite words).
Everyone has their list of favorites. Those are just three of mine.