I’m the mom who hates to ask my children to do something more than once. Of course, I doubt there are many parents who actually enjoy repeatedly asking their children to do something. I just refuse to do it. And the wee ones know.
It makes me cringe inside when I see parents telling their children to do something then counting. One. Twoooooooooo. Two and a half. Two and three quarters. Don’t make me say thrrrreeeeeee-eeeeeee.
Either count to three or don’t.
But that’s beside the point. I actually don’t count to three. Just like I was driven to sing the alphabet backwards to Mister Man when he was an infant to keep him content in the car (why yes, yes I can say the alphabet backwards now – I had to do something different to keep my sanity), I somehow started counting backwards for the wee ones.
And by then they’re moving 95% of the time. Three.
Two. At which point my tone has gotten far deeper, if I’ve actually made it that far. I haven’t slowed down my cadence counting. And I’ve only gotten to one twice. Ever. Both times, they saw me march over and compel them to do what I was asking. But even before that, they seemed to respect the counting backwards far more than they ever did when I counted forward. Whatever it is, I’m sticking with it.
And it’s possible – just possible, mind you – that I accidentally counted backwards to my husband once or twice. Interestingly, it works pretty well with him, too!
What do you do to get your kids – or spouse – to listen to you?