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Friday, June 01, 2007



The counting discipline

"Finish brushing your teeth/washing your hands/face, gargelling/whatever. I'm going to turn off the lights on the count of 3. 1,2,3!"

Then I see four small feet scampering, four little hands being wiped on the towel and two kiddoes rushing out of the bathroom. No amount of shouting, reasoning, talking nicely eg "hurry up, stop playing with water" etc works but counting does.

"Pick up your toys before you play something else/we go out/we go to sleep etc. I'm going to count to 10. 1....2....3....4...5...6...7...8....9....10!"

This works very well too. In fact, my boy thinks its a game. Sometimes when I forget, he asks me to count. "Mummy count!" then he goes about rushing to keep his toys in their assigned places. I have a place for everything and I like everything in its place. When the kids are playing I let them play till the whole area looks like a hurricane has struck but when its time to move on to another activity/to go out/or to go to bed, then its time to pack up or clean up.

"Ok. No more talking. Lets see who sleeps first on the count of 20. 1........2........3....... ("Mummy, why...") Shhh....4........5.......6.....7......8......9.......10......11........12..........
13.........14.............15..............16.............17.............18.........19..
........20."

I just tried this recently and it worked. By the end of 20 baby was almost asleep and my girl fell asleep soon afterwards. Otherwise they would chatter non-stop. However I don't think this trick will work very long for napping sessions. They'll catch on sooner or later. Hahaha.

9 comments:

  1. oh man i can't wait for jayden to know how to count. Cos everything now seems like a game for him.

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  2. Good enough for now *hahaha* :D

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  3. wahh sleep oso can count, i must try this and see :P

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  4. can work ? wow...must try liao....my gal always lazy to pick her toys....but doubt if the sleeping one works...hehe....coz 20 is too short :)

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  5. It works for you but fail on me...

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  6. sasha,
    You can start teaching him from now mah.

    sue,
    Hehe. Must try all sorts of "tricks".

    jazzmint,
    I've improvised on the sleep one. Now before sleep I ask them "What do you want to count?" So we started with "One sheep jumping over the fence....." and they came up with "One dog jumping on the boat" etc. The counting helps to calm them and prevents them from talking about other things. Otherwise they will come up with all sorts of nonsense about not wanting to sleep. Hahaha.

    chinnee,
    Yah loh, 20 is a bit short. But if count longer than that mummy will surely fall asleep first. Hahaha.

    chanelwong,
    Like I said, I'm not sure how long this trick will last. Hehe.

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  7. haha..yea.This trick will not last longer but if you said "i count to 3 to take cane" then sure can last longer..haha.

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  8. 1+2mom,
    Hahaha. I think you are right.

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  9. We use the counting concept too...and little did we realize that in the process, my son learnt his 1-10 sequence through that.

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