Parenting 101: The Art Of Distraction!
Oh yay! you’re a parent (and a good one at that~wink~) As we continue month after month then year after year with our mini-me’s we begin to grow wise to the parenting life. We learn to let little things slide by and pay more attention to the bigger more obnoxious things to nip it in the bud, like Whining and tantrums ugh! As we spend more time with our young ones we begin to know them more and more which allows us to find clever ways to turn them back into humans. When we’re on our top game we can even stop them ahead of time by picking up on the cues that our little ones might be morphing into monsters and we better think quick to stop it!
Welcome to the art of distraction…
When I speak of distracting our children, what I’m trying to convey is that we take their attention away from what we don’t want them to behave like or play with OR try to eat off of the ground, and we show them something better. Take for example: ‘Umm buddy, let’s not eat that candy on the ground, how about this instead?’ (Eloise, what is better than candy?) not much, but if you use that enthusiasm and tease them while you’re about to take a bite of that piece of fruit or blueberry muffin or granola bar they’ll automatically want it… And while they look at you taking a little taste and moving closer to them you ever so slightly make the switch, put what you have in your hand into theirs and throw that dang candy out of sight… out of sight out of mind people! You see? distracting them gave you a chance to get rid of that filthy candy! (but now you have to share your food, oh well that’s part of parenting!)
Sell It To The Kids
To do this right you have to:
- be enthusiastic about your distraction. ‘Oh my, look over here! it’s awesome!’
- Get whatever you don’t want out of their sight. ‘Check this out over here!’ as you nonchalantly place your hand on their back to gently turn them around and start guiding them else where.
- Give them two different choices. ‘Well this ones out of the question, but you can choose between these two over here. Giving them a choice makes them feel like they have some control which is a good thing, you’re teaching them how to negotiate, how to make decisions, and COMPROMISE (highly important to learn at a young age so they are experts on the matter as adults!)
If you follow those simple distracting tips you’ll make your parenting life a little easier… And know that practice makes perfect, so start right away and continue to follow the tips (be consistent!) I wish you luck, and by all means have fun being a parent!
Take care readers!
photo 1 by: 5keysparenting.com
photo 2 by: gofitmom.com
photo 3 by: myskyexibit.org