Motivating Little Kids
If you have little kids, then you know that kids can be total slowpokes. Putting on their shoes can take a full hour (I wish I was kidding).
I’m all for having fun and counting every single blade of grass in the front yard – when we have time.
But if we actually have to be somewhere, or if I have to take a dump, then there is no time to stop and smell every single flower in the entire neighborhood.
Here are a few “motivators” that seem to work wonders with my kids.
Do I like to threaten my kids? No.
Does it work? It depends on what I threaten. If I threaten to take away toys or dessert – then my kids move slower than ever.
But if I threaten that they won’t get to brush their teeth if they don’t hurry up? They move faster than they’ve ever moved before.
My sweet Alice is afraid of monsters. So when she is moving in slow motion, I just tell her there’s a monster behind her and to RUN.
It works every single time.
(This does not make me a good mother, but it does save my life when I’m already 5 minutes late to pick up Miles from preschool.)
I’ve offered to buy new toys or give them a sucker for hurrying along. For some reason this only puts them one step ahead of slower-than-molasses.
But if I promise to let Miles take out the trash or sort the recycling? He’s a speed demon.
How do you motivate your kids to move a little faster?