Last month I shared a few of our favorite strategies for enticing Bee to cooperate. Here are a couple more!
Race The Robot
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This one is great when you need your preschooler to do something and you are on grown-up time, rather than 3-year-old time, where putting on a pair of socks takes 18 minutes. Time is really not an issue to little ones, unless there is something they want in which case it better happen right now. It’s perfectly normal for them to take their sweet time because in their preschooler brains life is not scheduled. I remember Zip asking me a couple of years ago what I meant by being “late” – it was like he really thought that a birthday party didn’t start until he got there. Anyhoo, the point being that time is just not an issue for little ones like it is for us. I try to remember this when I am in a hurry.
Race The Robot is our recent twist on using the timer on my phone. Bee loves the robot sound on the alarm app, so when he is getting ready for bed I set the timer for 5 minutes and we see if he can get everything done before the robot makes his little beepity-beep noises. Bee speeds right through his bedtime routine when we do this! I love that he is having fun playing a “game,” yet we’re getting things done.
Sometimes when I tell Bee not to do something, he does it anyway, just to see what will happen. Normal, testing behavior. Of course – he’s three. But in this case we turn it into a game and he giggles hysterically while he does the opposite of what I tell him, but it is exactly what I want him to do. Bwa-ha-ha! Like when he is hanging on my legs in the kitchen: “Bee, do NOT go wash your hands for dinner! Stay right here next to me, okay? NO washing your hands!” He’ll giggle and run off to the bathroom, while I holler after him, “What are you doing? I said no washing hands!” I suppose encouraging Bee not to listen could be a double-edged sword, but catering to his desire for independence and mischievous nature works so well! And I’m pretty sure he understands the difference between this game, which involves Momma using her dramatic, silly voice, and me telling him sternly not do something.
I loved reading your ideas in the comments on last month’s post. What other ideas do you have for encouraging little ones to cooperate? Share ’em below!