Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Power of Touch

I’ve been very frustrated lately. Marschall does not listen to me. This probably does not come as a surprise to anyone. What three-year old boy really listens? Usually, he is either playing or watching TV when I am trying to get his attention. I start out with something like this….”Marschall, come get your shoes on. Marschall…. please come here; please come sit on my lap to put your shoes on. One…Two…. Three”. Supposedly, when I get to three he gets a spanking. I hate just spanking him in order to get him to do what I want him to.
I tried something new today. I went over and put my hand on his leg, he looked at me... then I asked him to come over and put on his shoes. Get this… he came! The funny thing is, I heard this technique in relation to getting husbands to respond to their wives.


Marshall said...

Glad you are back on the bloggin' horse - always like to read about how you're learning to love Pete and the kids and what God is teachin you through that.

mattkimuber said...

I have some great books that I have recently read. I have too struggled with obedience to verbal commands. I have been more consistent with calm direct commands and use consistent follow through with disobedience. "Shepherding a Child's Heart" Also I heard a speaker at a homeschool conference recently explain the differences between boys and girls. Boys being physically different tend hear less. So making sure Marshall heard your command was a great mommy insight on your part.

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