On the BrillKids Forum, I read about Shichida’s 5 minute suggestion which is recommended as a disciplinary tactic. Since I got it through word of mouth, I am not certain if this is correct (so Shichida parents feel free to step in and correct me if I’m wrong). The idea is to talk to your child about 5 minutes after he has fallen asleep. The reasoning behind this is that your child’s brain is very receptive at this stage (something to do with the brain wave frequency).
For instance, if you want your child to sit down and pay attention in class, you can try “talking” to him the night before shortly after he falls asleep. Some mothers have reported good success with this tactic. Unfortunately, I can’t say that it has worked very well for me, if at all. I tried asking Gavin to cooperate in the morning and take a shower without making a fuss. The next morning, I could hear him screaming at the top of his lungs while I was making his breakfast – he was upstairs being showered by Daddy.
Perhaps I’m missing something or I’m not doing something right or perhaps this tactic only works for some children. Perhaps it only works for children who are in the right brain mode? I’ve always felt that Gavin has displayed considerable left brain dominance since he was quite young. Yet another possibility is that it might be something that needs to be repeated more times before it is effective? I gave up after a couple of tries weeks apart because it didn’t seem to be working for me. Then again, it could be something like hypnosis – it only works on some people.
When I was in University, we had one lecture on hypnosis during behavioural pyschology. Our lecturer requested a few participants from the lecture hall and successfully hypnotised only half the group. He explained that some individuals were more receptive to being hypnotised compared to others which was why hypnosis only worked on half the group. I ought to try this with Gareth to see if it works on him…
What about you? Have you heard of Shichida’s 5 minute suggestion? Have you ever tried it on your children? How well did it work for you? Please share your experiences in the comments below.