How to get your kids to do something – you do it too!
I recently learned one of the best ways to get my toddle to do something is to simply do the thing that I want him to do. He is going through a bit of a phase right now where he wants to do whatever we do, so this works perfectly. If you are having troubles getting your toddler to listen to you, or to do something, try this out. Here are two examples that illustrate my point:
Putting on pyjamas – after a long day, I was struggling to get Smarty Pants to put his pyjamas on after his bedtime bath. He insisted that he wanted to put shorts on. I had no idea why, but I was flabbergasted. No matter how much I insisted that he put his pyjamas on, he refused. He absolutely wanted to wear shorts. He wouldn’t tell me why. Then I looked at myself. I was wearing shorts. He simply wanted to wear shorts like me. Can’t blame the kid for wanting to be like his father . So I went and put on some pyjamas. When I came back to put his pyjamas on, he put them on right away without any fuss or muss. I said a little Hallelujiah.
Eating certain foods – one fine morning, I asked Smarty Pants what he wanted for breakfast. “Bagels” he replied. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, but we were in Vienna at the time, where bagels aren’t as easy to come by. “We don’t have bagels,” I responded. Still, he insisted on having bagels. The more I told him that we didn’t have bagels, the more he insisted on having one. After growing a couple of grey hairs with the exchange we were having, I simply took out a banana and started eating it. “I want a banana too!” he quickly exclaimed. So I gave him a banana. Then I made some breakfast for myself and, you guessed it, he wanted to have what I was having. The bagels were long forgotten. Why I bothered asking him what he wanted for breakfast in the first place, and didn’t just start making breakfast for myself, is beyond me. I learned my lesson though.
There are a few other examples I could give you, but I think you get the point. If your child sees you doing something, they are more likely to do it themselves. Try to use this little nugget of knowledge to your advantage whenever you can.
If you have an example of your own, please leave a comment and share your story!
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