Young children LOVE being challenged. Give them a problem to solve, a way to compete against themselves and they will rise to your challenge every time—as long as your challenge is given with a light-hearted, fun and games attitude.
It’s so exhausting and draining to keep yelling at our kids, threatening them to get them to do what we want. So many parents complain, “I don’t have time to do all this listening and understanding stuff” but so much time is saved in the long run. Think of your new learning and hard work as an investment in you and your child’s future relationship. You will never regret it.
Here are a few ideas for motivating and setting challenges your kids will love:
- I’m not sure you can pick that jacket up and get it on the hook. Isn’t that hook too high for you to reach?
- How long do you think it would take you to run around the outside of the house? How about if I count and see what number I get to?
- I wonder if you