It’s that time of the year again, and the spirit of all things Christmas is blowing through your window as we speak. Hearts are lighter, and smiles are brighter. So why is the little one STILL refusing to eat her greens, or make up his bed?
Because they’re kids, that’s why, and there’s really nothing we can do to change them.
Or is there? Well, I’m going to let you in on my little secret. It’s a small thing I like to call leverage. We all use it in adult life, but it never really seems to work on kids, does it?
“Make up or bed, or else!”
“Or else what?”
“Or else I’ll come over there and …“ Hard to follow through on that one, isn’t it?
Try this on for size:
“Eat your badly made broccoli that looks like last week’s washing, or else!”
“Or else what?”
“Or else I’ll What’sApp Santa and tell him what a naughty little child you are and you won’t get any presents!”
“My baby! Mommy’s sorry! Santa will bring you lots and lots of prezzies! I promise.”
Ok, so maybe that was a little heavy handed and kinda backfired, so let’s try a little restraint this time.
“Baby, you remember that pink bicycle you asked Santa to bring?”
“Well, Santa just Tweeted that this year he is answering ALL his requests on one condition. You want to know what it is?”
“Yes please Mommy!”
“Santa said that if you eat all of Grannies lumpy mash, and you make up your bed every day, and you remember to feed the dog, and you stop boxing little Jimmy from next door on the nose, then he’s definitely going to bring you your bike for Christmas.”
Success! You have just blackmailed your child into obeying you, and it feels great! From now until Christmas day, when by default the bubble bursts and the leverage is gone, you can pull that little card out from under your sleeve and wave it under their cute little noses.
“Remember what Santa said?” will become your war cry and lead you to success in battle every time!
Now if only it worked on Easter, Freedom Day, and Movember we’d be golden!
Cheers ladies, and have a wonderful and blessed Christmas, and a smashing New Year!