3 Strikes And You Are Out

by beagooddad on February 20, 2008

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The other day, BeAGoodMom spent the day with Pookie and I spent the day with Geetle and Giggles.

BeAGoodMom left before I did and Geetle started giving me grief because she thought she would have preferred to go with BeAGoodMom.

I reminded Geetle that we were planning on going to play glow in the dark putt-putt golf at the mall after we went out to lunch but we had to wait for Giggles to wake up from her nap first.

Geetle continued being whiney and sassy and mopey. My three favorite things.

Rather than fighting and arguing with her, I used one of my favorite parenting tips that I picked up somewhere along the way.

Then I drew 3 squares on a piece of paper and she instantly perked up.

She knows from prior experience that if all 3 of the boxes get a check in them that she does not get to do the fun planned activity.

She instantly perked up, became very helpful and we ended up having a great day. It is funny watching her push the limits and then realizing when she has pushed them past that magic point. Thank goodness she rarely decides to continue pushing the issue.

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