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Funny Baby T-shirts

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

This store has some funny messages on its baby t-shirts:

A Change is Coming
Daddy Needs a Nap
Designated Driver
Did I Get Any On You
Does This Diaper Make My Butt Look Big
I Suck
Milk Junkie
Mommy Needs a Drink
Mommy Needs a Nap
Oops, I Crapped My Pants
Pull My Finger
Refuse to Snooze
Show Me Your Boobies
Thanks for the Mammaries
You Gonna’ Eat That?

I especially liked Oops, I Crapped My Pants.

Via Parent Hacks.

“Bad or worse” parent hack / trick

Friday, February 24th, 2006

I’m really enjoying the Parent Hacks blog. Here’s a trick I use on Lauren all the time:

When you want your child to do something that she doesn’t like to do, always give her two choices: the desired activity and something worse. If she rejects both choices, you insist that the worst choice will then be chosen by default, but you offer the choices again. After one or two attempts at evasion, she will choose the desired activity, plus she will feel empowered that she avoided the worse choice.

Example: Bedtime

We always read a couple books before bedtime, so I use that as a reward:

Me: Lauren it’s time for bed.
Lauren: No, not yet!
Me: Do you want to read some books, or go straight to sleep?
Lauren: No, not yet!!!
Me: Okay, we’ll go straight to sleep (start moving)… or do you want to read some books first?
Lauren: Read books!

This technique works amazingly well with Lauren, but she’s not the most strong-willed child so your mileage may vary.

Note: the “worse” choice should be something you’re willing to follow through; if you end up having to do the “worse” choice, the next time you offer the choices you’ll probably get a quicker response!