This week it's been hot in New York City. Really hot.
And when it's hot, I can get frustrated easily. Really easily. But I tried not to let the heat get the best of me and my
How? With one word discipline strategies.
Aiden likes to run down the streets of NYC ahead of me. Sometimes way ahead of me. And he gets so caught up in running that he forgets to stop before he reaches the corner. I don't like that one bit. But instead of yelling, "didn't I tell you to stop before you get to the corner?," I say one word long before he gets to the corner: freeze! He loves it and thinks we're playing a game. It's a win-win situation for the both of us.
Aiden loves to ride his scooter all around the house. From the bedroom to the living room to the balcony to the kitchen, he's just a little scooting machine. But the rule is that when he is finished scooting, he has to put his scooter back where it belongs. Usually he's really good with remembering, but this week, eh, not so much. So instead of being annoyed and driving the both of us crazy, I've simply been saying, "scooter!" and he proceeds to return his scooter to its rightful place.
I'm training Aiden to flush the toilet when he is finished doing his business. Yes, I expect my 3-year-old to flush every time he uses the bathroom. I don't think it's asking to much from him. But he forgets sometimes. And when he does, I simply say, "toilet!" after which he proceeds to flush.
Try it out. I've found that it certainly beats saying, "How many times do I have to tell you _______?" or "Didn't I tell you not to ______?" or "Don't you listen to me when I speak?"
One word. That's all.
Try not to overdo it too much though because it can quickly turn into nagging. And nobody likes a nagger.