Sometimes, you have to be creative when it comes to children. In order to get them to put their shoes on, for example. Or eat their green beans. Or stop kicking each other in the head. Or for the love of God, get down off that table. You might have to think outside the box.
Then other times, you just rely on a good old standby.
We’re counters in this house. The kids better have what they need done before we count to 3, or else. Or else what, you might ask? Your guess is as good as mine. It’s a parental perogative to be cagey, though. It says so in the handbook.
For the longest time, this method only worked with Jedi. And worked well, I might add. When I would count down with Buzz, he would simply grin at me with devilish amusement and continue on with whatever destruction he was causing. The boy is a walking demolition ball.
However, we’ve reached a milestone. The Power of 3 has now won over Buzz.
It’s as if it transferred from one child to the other, though, as it’s lost most of it’s effect on Jedi. Apparently, the Power of 3 is only good for a limited time. At least until the child recognizes that the parents aren’t certain of the consequences for reaching 3, either. Which means it’s time to get creative. Think outside the box. Or, we could simply threaten to send him to his room.