They say there is a silver lining to every cloud, and I’m beginning to discover there is a silver lining to the most desperately testing toddler times – the birth and discovery of some ingenious toddler behaviour tips and hacks! First I brought to you “The rule is...” and now in this toddler parenting tips series there’s “Who wants to?”
After a seriously difficult week marked by defiance at every turning, I was beginning to nickname my 2 year old Miss No-No. Getting to do anything was becoming painfully boring and arduous at every turn…getting her to put her shoes on, tidy up, get dressed, have a bath etc etc…basically there was no point in asking her to do anything at anytime..until another three magic words slipped out of my mouth…
WHO WANTS TO?
Who wants to put their shoes on and head out?
Who wants to have a lovely bath?
Who wants to help mummy hang up the washing?
Who wants to eat some lunch?
Who wants to not be a massive grumpy shit bag and actually do the things you won’t let me do for you anyway?
OK, so this didn’t have a 100% success rate as sometimes the answer would be Mummy (errr..no I don’t think so), but more often than not, it was my daughter opting herself in.
Hurrah! Huffy toddler teenager sulky defiance suddenly reduced by about 75% I’d say.
Now who out there has a toddler they want to try this out on? I’d love to hear how you get on with this hack…