Parenting Tip : Hands-On.

July 22nd, 2011

familyHaving one child makes you a parent. Having two makes you’re a referee. More than two, a drill sergeant.

“Don’t touch each other, keep you hands to yourself” By my calculations I must have been saying this for a good 16 years. With an average of 10 times a day, giving me the total of 58400 times. Now yes, you may have spotted a slight exaggeration but regardless of exact numbers I think I can safely conclude…This approach is NOT WORKING!!!! I’ve tried rewards, punishments, and stomping my feet loudly and still, they poke. Until one day it dawned on me, perhaps I shouldn’t keep MY hands to myself! Perhaps I should do more of the touching, the cuddling, holding, tickling spinning, and even the poking. A subtle shift can turn any drill sergeant into a hands-on team player.

Poke your child today.

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  1. Myriam says:

    Love it!  I am both…the drill sergeant and the love mom!

  2. Meg says:

    Keep up the good balance Myriam!

  3. I love this! I have a three and two year old who are always hitting each other! I have tried time-out for a year….just recently, I’ve been encouraging them to have fun and interact together. It changes the world of a difference. They’ve been doing it less and I’ve been tickling more. Touch is great ;) Have a super day.

  4. Drew Dyer says:

    I guess I qualify for drill sergeant with three of my own: 12, 3 and 8 months.  Whenever I recognize that I’m being too much like the drill sergeant, taking things down a notch and joining in on a tickle or two does often help loosen up the situation.  Great point Meg, I’ll keep looking for opportunities to tickle and cuddle!

  5. christine desanti says:

    that cracked me up!  i say that 1000 times a day to my 2 kids!