Our kids fight often however I have never had to get fighting kids in the car.
I realised the “Bus Stop Game” that we have been using for over a year actively prevents this. I had never thought of it as a parenting tool before taking the last Positive Discipline class.
When we are getting ready in the morning, the kids often argue or annoy each other because we are not paying much attention to them since we are trying to get ready and pack things ourselves. So when it is almost time to go we call out: “Time for the bus stop!”
How the Bus Stop Game works:
Referring to the “bus stop” lets the kids have an exact time frame of when we are leaving. They know they need to stop what they are doing, run outside, go down the side of the house and sit on our front step. They know once they do this they are not coming back inside so they must have shoes on, teeth brushed etc.
They sit outside together at the front step in a gated yard, often for between 2 to 10 mins . It must be something about the change of environment that we have never had fights in this space. It’s a nice transition to then “pick them up from the bus stop” and walk to the car together.
This has saved many arguments in the morning about getting ready and I hope the idea will help you, too!
This post is from mum Catherine. If you want to learn about Neighbourhood Love Notes her family dropped during the COVID lockdown and see several other videos about teaching kids virtues, check out the family YouTube channel.
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