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The No Laughing Game February 17, 2011

Filed under: Tips — Lizz @ 10:48 am
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We’ve all have bad days.  We all get into bad moods.  It should be no surprise to us that the same thing happens to our kids.  We seem to have a lot of morning meltdowns here.  Getting ready is stressful, and sometimes we need something to help defuse the situation.  Enter: The No Laughing Game…

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I try to not to get upset alongside my daughter, although I am not always successful.  One little trick we have learned is to use a little sarcasm, and reverse phychology.

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When I see things starting to boil over, I will start the game with one little comment that goes something like:

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“Okay, we need to brush your hair now, but I don’t want to see any laughing”

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This will result in an immediate giggle followed by a swift slapping of hand over mouth. 

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So I will continue with something along the lines of:

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“I hope that’s not a giggle I just heard.  Remember, we DO NOT have fun here.  No giggling, no laughing, and definitely no smiling.”

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You will likely hear a lot of muffled noise from under the now very tightly clamped hand-over-mouth face in front of you.  Try to keep a straight face as you move on:

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“I think that anyone caught laughing will need to be punished severely.  I think that a major tickle attack should do the trick!”

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Feel free to lay down your tickle punishment at this point.

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You should now have a happy child who has completely forgotten what they were about to melt down over, and it will only take about 30 seconds to make this transformation.  This little trick also works great in public places like at the grocery store, the mall, or restaurants.

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I would recommend that the first time you try this, it should be something like a trial run.  Do it when your child is happy, so when you do use it during a crabby moment, they will understand the reaction they are supposed to have (you don’t want to confuse them!).  You can adapt this to your liking, and whatever makes your child respond best.

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Good Luck, and remember….No Laughing!!

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Lizz

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2 Responses to “The No Laughing Game”

  1. Mom Says:

    Ahhhh… you learned from the Master…..
    I remember a certain game that was played when you were small. It was called the “Silent Game” and this game was played when there was waaaaaay too much talking/sister arguing going on. I think the payout at that time was a quarter and usually was played in the car when tensions could be high. Wow – you were paying attention.


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