It’s a known fact that a 6 year old boy cannot sit still. This is based on a highly scientific study involving one child that I know really well. We’ll call this boy “my son” to protect his identity. As I watched my son throughout this study I noticed that he did not respond well to direct requests for behavioral compliance, like sitting quietly at the dinner table. And when engaged in play, my son would need his name yelled in order for him to stop what he was doing and pay attention. In this particular study, I noticed a heavy release of catecholamines into my body as my vocal volume per request increased. Allow me to restate this in laymen’s terms: When my son doesn’t listen to me, it really pisses me off!
In order to not suffer through a long summer of agitation and frustration at the hands of my fidgety, non compliant, children, I have decided to change my approach. Here’s what I’m doing: (more…)