I've come to learn that when you have young kids, you tend to repeat yourself (ad nauseam). So, rather than drive myself crazy (I hate repeating myself), I decided to take every opportunity to instill wisdom, common sense, and good judgment through what I like to call Pop Parenting.
Today's lesson will feature our good friend Elvis Presley.
Most Pop Parenting installments should take your kids by surprise whilst they are doing something you don't want them to do. Never underestimate the element of surprise!
For example, when your request to pick up dirty laundry is met with "It's too hard," "I can't do it," "I will DIE!" or some derivation thereof, interrupt them with: "You know what Elvis would say about that?"
Clearly they will stare at you, stunned by the question (this is the element of surprise working). THAT's when you answer:
A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION A LITTLE MORE ACTION, PLEASE!
Sing the whole darn song if you have to (or at least the pertinent parts) - THAT will certainly get your point across. And if they don't know what you mean - feel free to explain that you were not looking for an in depth conversation regarding the difficulties of said chore, but for them to act on the request.
We've known for years that tactics like humor and music are handy mnemonic devices for helping memory - Pop Parenting just takes it a step further (what with you providing said music and humor).
Sooner or later, you'll only need to ask the question - and they should be able to catch your drift to know you (and the King) mean business.
Thank you, Elvis, thankyouverymuch.