Stories can be used in two ways – to keep your child occupied long enough to get through a task or to help prepare your child for what’s coming. For instance, you can tell your child a story about the dinosaur’s trip to the dentist to help prepare your child for a visit to the dentist.
I haven’t actually tried telling Gavin stories from this aspect. However, I have used the tactic of telling stories to distract Gavin and keep him occupied long enough to get certain tasks done. For instance, I’ve told him stories to get through hair-cuts, long car rides, to keep him on the toilet, and a whole host of other things. Stories about Thomas and his friends work really well for Gavin, then again, Gavin simply loves hearing stories so that might be why this tactic works so well on him.
I don’t do well making stories up on the spot so I just re-tell Thomas and Friends stories we’ve read together in books or watched on TV in my own words.
Have you used this disciplinary measure on your children? Please share your experiences below.