Lighten up. If your child refuses to do something, try turning it into a game. "Humor and games are two great tools that parents sometimes forget about in the heat of the moment," says Zebooker. When her own son, now 13, was in preschool, she used to persuade him to put his shoes on in the morning by playing shoe store. "I would say, 'Welcome to Miss Mommy's Shoe Store, I've got the perfect pair for you to try on today,' and I'd speak in a silly accent and he loved it." (I've had luck using this strategy with Sophie, who used to clamp her mouth shut whenever I tried to brush her teeth. Now we play the "Let's Guess What You Ate Today" game -- and she willingly opens up so I can search her molars for cereal, strawberries, or mac and cheese.)
Want a boy to “hit” the toilet water and not miss, try floating a Cheerio in the water - what fun! Want the kids to clean up their messy room? “Let’s pretend that all the toys want to be together - where should be put them?” As a parent we should always maintain a sense of humor - it not only helps ease a sticky situation but can help build that close parent bond. Remaining positive through laughter and games will give you one up to convince your youngster to do what you want them to do.
Who does like smiling and laughing a something funny and who does like play games. Try these tools and you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish!
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