I've asked Kevin whether he wants me to go on his preschool field trip to the zoo. One day he answered, "No." Then he said, "Yes." Then he said, "No." Then he said, "Yes." I pressured him the night before the permission slip was due and said that I needed his final answer. He said, "No." I was surprised. He said he didn't need me there. I'm cool with that but wanted him to know that other parents would be there so I explained that parents go on field trips to be chaperones to help keep all of the kids safe while the group is away from the school.
He said, "Ok, you can go to keep the kids safe but I don't have to listen to you - I only have to listen to my teachers."