This morning’s post is short and simple, but not without merit. I had a parent come to me this week with an issue of trying to get his boy to blow his nose. Every time the topic came up, the boy would protest, stomp, cry, and throw a full-out fuss. All this parent wanted, was to clean the snot out of his 3 year old’s nose so the boy could breathe and play unhindered. Is this too much to ask? Nope. But sometimes children need you to rephrase the question.
If someone came up to you with hands bigger than your head and tried to ‘smother’ you with a big old tissue, how would you feel? A little panicky, maybe? As parents, we know we are only trying to help the child, but sometimes it’s just too overwhelming for a small person and we need to change our tactics. Best way to do that, is to turn the chore or task into play time. Children love to play. Children learn through play.
So we turned blowing our noses into play, with just a few simple steps…Once you’ve got your bug drawn on the tissue, explain the game you’re going to play! This is a rough estimation of what I said to this particular boy…
“We are going to draw a bug on our tissue today. What kind of bug would YOU like on your tissue? A ladybug? Ok! Oooo…that’s a cool bug! Do you see it there on the tissue? Well, now we are going to use our nose to blow the bug out! I’ll hold the tissue to your nose with my fingers, and you get to blow air out your nose as hard as you can so you can get the bug! Are you ready? Ok! Here we go!!”“WOW!! That was a big blow!! Let’s see if you got’ em…Now, I have spared you the really gross tissue and shown you only the beginnings! Lol! But do show the child what they’ve done to the bug after they blow it…they LOVE it! This little boy asks for a spider now, as he loves to see the spider all squished up in the tissue! He boasts about it to the other smalls at my home!
I’m not saying that every time you ask your child to do something that you have to make a game of it. Sometimes kids just need to cooperate without a big production. If we played a game every time I asked them to sit at the table for snack, or go to the door to put away their shoes, or stop taking toys from the baby, we’d never get anything done! But if a child is continually struggling with a task, or fighting the system, maybe it’s a good time to re-think the equation and come up with a better, happier way to get the job done.
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