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How to Get Kids to Listen

Are you exhausted trying to get your kids to listen?

Who isn’t? And now it’s even more challenging while we’re cooped up with our kids because of the coronavirus pandemic.

If only there was a simple way to make parenting easier.

Good news, there is!

Make parenting a game.

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and—SNAP!—the job’s a game!” —Mary Poppins

Make Parenting Easier—and More Fun

Kids love to play, so when you’re playful, you work with your children rather than against them.

Do you want your kids to pick up their things? No problem! Create a racing game to music. Pretend to be superheroes. Or sing and dance while you pick up items.

Within minutes, even strong-willed children will listen and cooperate willingly.

Yes, being playful seems counterintuitive when you’re annoyed and ready to scream. But it really works as described in this upbeat interview podcast.

The NYAM (Not Your Average Mom) Project Podcast 

A Playful Way to Learn Playful Parenting

You can learn playful ways to stop struggling with your toddlers and school-age kids with an entertaining, easy to read book, Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It.

Written for busy parents, the how-to messages are shared through amusing, short, standalone chapters.

And the down-to-earth tone leaves you feeling encouraged.

An Amazon #1 New Release in 7 parenting categories.

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Look inside for a sneak peek.

Read the glowing 5-star reviews on Amazon.

About the Author

Woman Karen Thurm Safran smiling since stressed parents stay sane

Hi, I’m Karen, a mom with two grown kids as well as a consultant in K-12 Education Technology. I’ve spent my life immersed in this playful approach because it’s how my parents raised me and how I raised my children.

If it helped me as a stressed-out, single parent, it can help you.

I wrote Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It to spark playful parenting in others, encourage out-of-the-box thinking, and ease frustrating moments. Learn more about why I wrote this book.


Man on how to get kids to listen“A charming and helpful book for anyone struggling with their young children. Written in a whimsical tone, the book’s gentle wisdom unfolds until you discover your ability to loosen up, have fun, and enjoy your kids.”
—Dr. Fred Luskin, author of “Forgive for Good” and director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects

“This delightful, whimsical book is a fun, easy-to-read treasure. It is playfully and powerfully presented for most anyone who has children in their lives. I am excited to pass this on to parents and educators who will benefit from its wisdom.”
—Missy Brown, founder of Deep Play for Kids

“Unlike most parenting books, this one is easy to read and entertaining. Instead of recommending consequences or rewards, this book teaches you how to create games to encourage desired behaviors in your children. What a joy to read!”
—Marli Diniz, marriage & family therapist

Where to Buy

Available on Amazon as a paperback or eBook.


Listen to interviews and read articles as well as book reviews.