That said, I’m posting this tip because I’m a Mom and I get soooo frustrated sometimes, and there are certain tips I’ve come across that have been miracle workers for me. This is one of those tips that I think EVERY Mommy should pass along. It will help save your sanity.
Some days, I say the words, “If I have to tell you ONE MORE TIME to….” (you fill in the blank: “put your shoes on, get dressed, brush your teeth…” etc.) I swear the shoes-thing is my worst enemy. It’s been known at my house for me to tell my kids to put their shoes on a billion and one times, and we get to the store and one child is barefoot. (What? I have 4 kids! It happens!) The worst time was when we got to school and (no I’m not joking) my 5-yr-old daughter had no shoes on. FOR SCHOOL. I was livid. Our conversation on the way out the door to school had sounded something like this:
“Honey, go get your shoes on.” Minutes later. “Abigail. Go get your shoes on or we’re gonna be late.” A minute later. “Abigail don’t forget to grab your lunch bag- and put your shoes on- you can’t go to school without shoes. How many times to I have to tell you to do that!? Com’on let’s go! Com’on everyone we’re gonna be late! Get your shoes on, grab your jackets- let’s GO!”
Here’s the TIP:
STOP EXPLAINING AND USING SO MANY WORDS WHEN YOU ARE TELLING KIDS WHAT TO DO.
Use ONE WORD.
It is soooooo funny how well this works. The first time I tried it I literally started laughing. It was as if my kids turned in to robots. It was all I had to say- one word, and it usually worked the first time. Best of all- no frustration and no dilly-dallying. It’s amazing. Simple. Easy.
That’s it. You will see your kid magically drop what they are doing and go put their shoes on.
And she’ll go brush her teeth.
Try it today.
Share if it works 🙂