This technique was introduced in the Gomez Family. Good behavior is a two-way street - it involves the parent's child listening and the parent offering guidance. The key is patience...
- Gather up a bowl or bucket and 10 golf balls or small toys (toy cars are ideal)
- Place the bucket anywhere you like in your backyard and design the obstacle course around it: use your lawn furniture, throw cushions, large toys such as Trikes and bikes, your child's jungle gym - anything that takes your fancy (avoid using potentially dangerous yard equipment such as Push mowers). Alternately, play a game at a Local playground And use the play equipment As your obstacle course.
- Place the golf balls or small toys randomly among the obstacles, leaving 10-15 feet between each
- Blindfold your child and help him to find the golf balls or toys and make his way over to the bucket to drop them in by giving him directions: 'left', 'right', 'straight on', 'three big steps' - you get the picture
- Now it's your turn to wear the blindfold and let the child guide you!
What the child has learned: He needs to listen carefully!
What the parent has learned: That discipline is about guidance and instruction - not raised voices and clips around the head!