“0kay, let’s get on your shoes, time to go home!” You’re being cheerful and reasonable and what do you get as your reward? Your tyrant-in-training hurls a red Mary Jane vaguely in your direction. Next time try singing it! “Where is shoe-y, where is shoe-y?” sung to the tune of that Thumbkin song just might work. I have no idea why singing so often gets kids to cooperate. What matters is that it works with so many two or three year olds. If you play the pied piper you dramatically increase the odds that your child will follow you.. Keep in mind that this is a preventive technique. If shoe leather is already flying through the air, it’s probably too late to strike up a tune.