Got a chance to use the energy drain consequence with my son - I had to ask him 3x to find a book and it really was exhausting! So, after a dramatic "I'm-so-tired" effort on my part and an explanation of consequences, he ended up folding laundry, which he actually enjoyed (will tuck that away) and I thanked him for restoring my energy.
Also, my daughter started arguing right before bed about a halloween costume. Last week, she overheard me explaining the "I know..." brain-dead technique to a friend. So when she started her second "but...I want" I said, very empathetically, "I know........."
She said "really??" and went upstairs and found another costume. Quick learner.
This parent got it and so did the kids! Great job remembering that these simple techniques can make a big difference in our lives as parents.