Saturday, January 14, 2012

Parenting skills from the Dog Whisperer

That Caesar Millan is so talented. He can take a very naughty dog and turn it into a certified service dog in 20 minutes. He makes that sound that commands attention. "Chsshh!!" So I was thinking....if it works so well on dogs, maybe it'll work on naughty kids.

Lately the kids have been particularly challenging. You say up, they go down...you say no, they do whatever the hell they want. It's infuriating. I'm over it. But just like Caesar says, you have to harness the negative energy, remain calm and try to not let it make you want to launch yourself off the roof.

So I decided to spend a day following the kids around the house making the "Chsshh, chsshh, CHSSHH!!" sound any time they acted up. I can't really say it was very effective....they just looked at me like I had 8 heads, BUT it shut 'em up for a second.

This may require another full day of research. Maybe they'll get so sick of me saying "chsshh!" that they'll just behave to avoid having to deal with all that.

That's success in my opinion.

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