Only a little over a week left, folks. I hope you're still with me. And that you and your family are feeling better for it.
Speaking of feeling better, it's been a weekend of snot, coughs, and fevers around here, so I'm reallllly hoping that the end is near. At least to this cold we've all had.
And I do hope you found some ideas for date "nights" with your kids. I realize that those are a little hard to do impromptu, but you can certainly plan ahead. Like those organized peoples do. Heh.
Alright, so for today, let's talk about choices - specifically giving them to your kids.
#23: Give 'em choices
Giving your kids choices is a fantastic way to get them to do what you want without a battle (ha) but also to allow them some control, which is super important - particularly for the younger set (i.e. 2-5ish). The key here is to only give them TWO.
While my husband is notoriously TERRIBLE at this but I consider myself to be the world's greatest choice giving champion.
Forget "What do you want for lunch?" questions and give them options. Just two.
Or when it comes getting out of the house "You can put your shoes on and come with us, or leave them off and stay here."
My favorite: "You can pick up your toys or go to the corner." Heh. Desperate times, mamas.
Anyway, you get the idea. Now go forth and give choices.