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How to Teach your Children to Be Mindful of Your Time

Posted by Michael Jamin on

Every day I pick up my daughters from summer camp.  They have a system there.  The parents drive into the parking lot, where a counselor holding a microphone calls out their name, alerting the kids that their parents have arrived.  My daughters are great kids, but man do they LOVE to keep me waiting.  They say their goodbyes to their friends, then gather their belongings, maybe get a sip of water, then they take their sweet time getting to the car.  This drives me bananas.  I've got things to do!  No matter how much I talk to them about this, it falls on deaf ears.  One day, I came up with a creative solution to this problem.  It works like a charm, so you're welcome to borrow it.

This time, when I pulled up to the counselor holding the microphone, I rolled down my window and said, "Please tell Roxy and Lola that their butler, Manfred Ticklefeather, awaits them in the parking lot?"  The counselor looked at me like I was nuts.  I nodded at him, and he shrugged.

"Roxy and Lola," the microphone boomed.  "Your butler Manfred Ticklefeather awaits you in his chariot."  He ad-libbed the chariot part.  Nice touch.

The kids erupted in laughter, and my daughters were mortified.  How could their father do this to them?!  Their faces were beet red as they raced to my car, eager to avoid the teasing of their friends.  I think I laughed the entire ride home.  Even my kids couldn't help but see the humor in it.

The next day, I pulled the same stunt.  "Roxy and Lola, your Daddy is here and he needs to get home in time for his nappy-nap."  This time, my girls sprinted to my car.  Seriously.  I've never seen them run so fast.

The day after that, I had a truly horrific announcement planned.  But my girls beat me to it.  They were already at my car before the counselor could announce it.  

Ahh, the power of the embarrassed child.   This is how Darth Vader must feel.  It's intoxicating!

Do you have any stories about embarrassing your children?  We'd love to hear them.  And before I sign off, I'd like to remind you all:  If you're on instagram, #twirlygirl to have your child featured on the homepage of our website.  

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