Every once in a while, I resort to drastic measures to get the kids to listen, really listen, and actually hear me.
Yesterday I indulged Jack and Juliette by taking them to McDonald’s for lunch as a special treat, just for fun. One and a half chicken nuggets into his meal, Jack started goofing off, lying face down on the plastic bench, and kicking Juliette who was trying hard to eat her hamburger.
I saw two courses of action open to me.
I could begin nagging him to stop, threatening to take away his happy meal toy, and get progressively more annoyed.
Or I could go for shock and awe.
Slowly, clearly and loudly I told Jack,
“Right where you are putting your face is where hundreds of people have sat and farted. Instead of eating your chicken nuggets, you are rubbing your face in a hundred farts.“
He sat straight up and ate the rest of his lunch. No more kicking, or shenaniganing of any kind.
Shock and awe success.