“Love these inspiring stories! They shift unhappy and frustrating moments into fun learning experiences.”
—Alice Wahl Lachman, parent and educator
Because parents are busy, the chapters are easy to read and stand-alone, so you can read them in 5-10 minutes during free moments. Also, you can skip ahead to a specific section that addresses your particular parenting challenge.
Examples from the 5 Sections and 26 Chapters
1) Ugh, My Child Won’t Cooperate
Playfully getting your child to listen to you
Example: Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Drink: Getting Kids to Drink When They’re Sick
2) Oh No, My Child is Distressed
Making your child feel better in a fun-loving way
Example: The Secret Magical Breath: Teaching Stress Reduction with Mindful Breathing
3) Uh-Oh, My Child is Bored
Using games to keep your child from acting up
Example: How Long Before Our Turn? Making a Game of Waiting in Lines
4) Yeeks, Everything is Overwhelming
Teaching your child coping skills with a lively spirit
Example: Avoiding the Morning Madness: Empowering Kids with a Morning List
5) Oh Yeah, Live Life to the Fullest
Enthusiastically celebrating the little things in life
Example: A Very Important Appointment: Taking Time to Cherish Life
Read a sample chapter. In a few minutes, you’ll gain new insights… and have a few laughs. Or take a look below at the list of chapters.
Table of Contents
Part I: Ugh, My Child Won’t Cooperate
- Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Drink: Getting Kids to Drink When They’re Sick
- Proud Member of the Clean Plate Club: Eating with Manners. Read this sample chapter.
- Do We Have to Visit a Dumb Art Museum? Making Museum Visits Fun
- Sixty Packets of Oatmeal: Using a Bar Graph to Incentivize Kids
- A Playful Let’s-Keep-The-House-Neat Unpacking Game: Using Music to Make Chores Fun
- Ooh, Where Do You Want to Go? Engaging Kids While Walking to the Airport Gate
- When You Wish Upon a Star: Assigning Chores with an Odd-Even Reward System
Part II: Oh No, My Child is Distressed
- Please, Just One Night of Sleep: Making a Child Feel Secure at Night
- Let’s Fly the Plane! Gaining Control to Tackle a Fear
- The Surprise Impromptu Dance Performance: Turning Fear into Fun
- The Secret Magical Breath: Teaching Stress Reduction with Mindful Breathing
- Winning the Spider Game: Tackling Fear Through Desensitization
- Why-I-Love-Indian-Food-So-Much-That-It’s-The-Only-Thing-I-Want-To-Eat: Teaching Writing Skills
- The Day We Screamed Profanities While Driving to Synagogue: Tackling Fear by Challenging the Inner Voice
Part III: Uh-Oh, My Child is Bored
- One, Three, Five, Seven, Nine. Odd Numbers Are Mighty Fine: Gas Station Guessing Game
- The Eyebrows-Raised-Head-Nodding Signal: Getting a Server’s Attention
- How Long Before Our Turn? Making a Game of Waiting in Lines
- Are We There Yet? Keeping Kids Entertained in the Car
- Passing Time with the Alphabet Search Game: Keeping Kids Busy and Quiet
Part IV: Yeeks, Everything is Overwhelming
- Where Do You Live? Memorizing Things to a Song
- Avoiding the Morning Madness: Empowering Kids with a Morning List
- Avoiding the Nighttime Nonsense: Empowering Kids with a Nighttime List and Fun Incentive
- The Clothespin School Folder Organizing Game: Managing All That School Info
- The Anything-But-Boring-Mommy-Daddy Calendar: Making Splitting Time Between Parents Easier for Kids
- The Spiffy Project Planning Calendar: Avoiding Procrastination
Part V: Oh Yeah, Live Life to the Fullest
- A Very Important Appointment: Taking Time to Cherish Life
It’s definitely easier to nag or yell at kids when you’re overwhelmed and annoyed.
The last thing you want to do is be playful!
Who has time to create a game when you’re trying to get something done!
This Playful Approach Works
Entertains kids when they’re bored and disruptive.
Calms them when they’re upset and melting down.
Stops them from whining and fussing.
Makes writing, organizing schoolwork, and project planning more fun.
Surprisingly, I still incorporate many in my life today. And my kids are grown and living on their own!
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