People worldwide are reading Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It and learning how to discipline a child playfully. By creating games, they turn around frustrating situations and make parenting easier—and more fun!
I’m thrilled when readers share how the book sparked their ideas and successes. In only 5-10 minutes, these parents and grandparent read one light-hearted chapter and were inspired.
Shannon got her school-age kids to willingly clean up the house. Megan created an empty-the-dishwasher game for her pre-school children. Julie’s son stopped fussing in the car. Jodi prevented a two-year-old meltdown with an impromptu find-the-missing-favorite-dress scavenger hunt.
Thanks Shannon, Jody, Julie, and Megan for sharing your stories!
Examples of Disciplining Children Playfully
Example 1: Getting Kids to Clean Up
From Shannon (Toronto, Canada)
Thank you for your fabulous ideas. Last night, I needed the kids to help clean the house, fast… they wanted to see a quick episode on TV.
But I really needed the house cleaned up before we had people over. So, here’s what I told them.
“Okay… here’s the deal… I’m going to call out 10 random clean-up tasks each… and 10 for me too. When we’ve each done 10, we’ll watch the show. As soon as you’ve done a task, come back quickly and I’ll give you another.”
The house, seriously, was tidied up in FIVE minutes. 🙂 🙂 Have I mentioned, ‘thank you, Karen!!’??
Example #2: Preventing a Tantrum
From Jody (Miami, FL)
As you can imagine, my two-year-old granddaughter was sobbing uncontrollably when we couldn’t find her special yellow dress.
While her mom and I frantically searched the house, she only cried and screamed louder.
We could see a meltdown ready to erupt.
After a few minutes of this two-year-old catastrophe, I remembered your trick and clasped my hands and squealed,
“We’re going to play a mystery game! Want to play with us?”
It was amazing. She immediately stopped crying and held my hand while I cheerfully said,
“Is your yellow dress in this drawer? Let’s look! Nope, not in there. Where else could it be?”
Pretty soon she was squealing with us as we went through the house and finally found it in the dryer.
You’re right, it works! The game changed this dreaded event into something fun. Thanks! 🙂
Example #3: Stopping a Child from Fussing
From Julie, Fab Working Mom Life mommy blogger (Honolulu, HI)
This morning we were driving to my son’s OT appointment and he was sleepy and in a bad mood.
To help the situation and cheer him up, I started a little I Spy game, asking him to name things of a particular color he saw out the window.
He really got into it, telling me he saw the grass and trees for something green, and the sky and cars when I asked for something white (no sunshine today, unfortunately, just an overcast day).
Then we started talking about the trucks and I Spy-ing various bulldozers and excavators.
My four-year-old’s mood improved, and we got to the office asking and answering questions, which is also one of our goals for Speech Therapy.
Example #4: Encouraging Kids to Unload the Dishwasher
From Megan, The Many Little Joys mommy blogger (Salt Lake City, UT)
I’ve gotten some great ideas from your book.
You inspired me to turn cleaning out the dishwasher into a “which stack of non-breakable dishes is tallest?” game.
Want to Spark Your Playfulness?
Discover how to discipline your child playfully with Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It. Each whimsical, stand-alone chapter only takes 5-10 minutes to read. You’ll gain new insights on getting kids to listen… and have a few laughs.
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