We spent a relaxing afternoon at the park with Somegirl and her boys. It’s the week before Thanksgiving, but here in Texas, it is beautiful and warm out.
We brought a big bag of sand toys for the sandbox, and the boys had a blast. Eventually, the sandbox went from this:
After a few minutes, it was obvious that the sand toys weren’t going to be picked up.
It was time to pull out my Love and Logic bag of tricks.
I walked over to the sandbox, said happily, “Time to go!”
I scooped up the bag and remarked, “Oh, that’s sad, only a few of our toys are going back home with us. I guess the rest are staying here since they aren’t in the bag.”
Just a simple statement.
It’s amazing how fast those toys started getting dumped into the bag… 🙂
After about 30 seconds, that tapered off, and they were distracted and playing in the sand again with the toys that were left. I was once again left with a Love and Logic choice:
I could nag them to finish.
Nag them to put on shoes.
Nag them to get up and leave.
Or I could just walk away.
“Bye guys!” I said with a smile as I started walking toward the car. Somegirl was on the same page with me, and she started for her car too. 😉
It’s amazing how quickly they scramble to follow just like little ducklings.
I’m always in awe of how stress-free, simple, and effective it is! They rushed to follow us AND gathered up the remaining toys, and their shoes and socks, without a single word from us! What’s not to love?
I absolutely adore the Love & Logic parenting books and classes! I highly recommend them, and no one is paying me for writing this post. 🙂