Featured Writing: COVID & 1-2-3 Magic
With everyone cooped up at home, it can be easy for tempers to run a little hot and frustrations to be high (for you and your kids!). We get it, which is why we thought this would be the perfect time to talk about the importance of routines, especially when you’ve got nowhere to go.
Even if you’re not going to school, the park, or to friend’s houses, that doesn’t mean you should give up routines. But don’t be surprised if you run into testing and manipulation when trying to bring routine back into the house. Your kids may not want to change out of their pajamas or clean their room, so have your counting strategy in your back pocket.
Far from being bad or boring, routines will actually help your house run more smoothly—which is something we all need right now! It may be a little challenging to get a new routine in place (or shake the rust off one you haven’t used in a few weeks), but once they have it mastered, kids tend to start doing their routines automatically. That means less yelling and nagging that you have to do and more smiles all around.
As a reminder, here are the seven Start behavior tactics you can use when working on establishing a new routine (or picking up an old one) at your house:
- Positive reinforcement
- Simple requests
- Kitchen timers
- The docking system
- Natural consequences
- Counting variation
If you need a refresher on any of those, check out Chapter 12 in 1-2-3 Magic. And for advice specific to the parenting challenges much of the country is facing right now, visit our Facebook page or preorder The Coronavirus Manual for Parents, coming on April 9th.