How to get your kids to do any activity in 15 minutes without you having to say it twice.
Hi, my name is Johnny Ahmed from Richmond Martial Arts. I wanted to share with you this quick tip that you could implement right away when it comes to getting your kids ready for some sort of activity, like either martial arts, dance, soccer, or swimming.
First thing I want to do is I want to talk about a memory that I have from elementary school. So back then in elementary school, my mom would come up to me and go, “Okay, it’s time to go for swimming lessons.” And I would fight and argue and say, “No, I don’t want to go, I want to stay right here.” Years later, I figured out why that was happening. It wasn’t that I didn’t like swimming, I actually love swimming now as an adult. It was because at that time I was watching a very famous cartoon show called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, some of you will know that show.
So, I was sitting on my couch comfortable watching that, and then I was always focused on that, so then when my mom obviously, “Come for swimming,” I would right away think, “Why do I want to go there? I’m doing this right now.”
So, the point of that story is it wasn’t that I didn’t like swimming lesson, it was just at that time I was focused on watching my Ninja Turtles and I was comfortable. My state of mind couldn’t break that I had to stop doing what I was doing, get in a car, drive all the way to the pool, then get inside, then change my clothes and jump in the cold pool.
So, here’s how you can avoid the same situation that happened with me any my mom, with your kids.
So, basically 15 minutes before you have to leave your house to go to the activity choose some sort of activity for them that they kind of dislike, so many cleaning their room, maybe washing the dishes. And just have them do that, just tell them I need that done. Okay?
And then they’re doing that, and then 15 minutes later when you know, okay, now this is the time you got to leave to get there on time to the activity, you’re simply going to just ask them, “Okay, so it’s time for your swimming lessons. Do you want to go to your swimming lessons or do you want to keep cleaning your room?”
So, mostly all kids are going to be like, “I’m just going to go swimming, I don’t want to clean my room.”
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