Children love games. The next time you want your child to do something, turn it into a game. These are some examples from the “No-Cry Discipline Solution”:
Packing up toys: “I bet I can pick up all the blue cars before you pick up the red ones.”
Getting dressed: “I’m going to set the timer on for ten minutes. I wonder if you can beat the bell and get your pajamas on before it rings.”
Drinking milk: “Don’t drink your milk! If you do it will make you really strong and then you’ll win when we wrestle. Stop! Don’t drink it!”
Hurrying up: “Look at me – I’m a pony! I’m so fast, I bet you can’t catch me!”
Using the potty: “Here comes the potty train! Choo! Choo! All aboard for the potty-town stop!”
I’ve never really tried playing cooperation games with Gavin before. To be honest, I thought they sounded rather lame when I read them. Well, that and the fact that I would never have been creative enough to come up with ideas like these. Frankly, I wasn’t even sure if it would work on Gavin. But I got so tired of ordering him to pee before we left the house that I decided to give it a go. I almost fell off my seat when it worked!
Have you use this method to manage your children? If you have any examples of games that have worked really well with your children, please share them. I’m not creative enough to come up with my own games, so I’d love to hear your ideas.
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