My 1.5 year old son didn’t want to get in his car seat. He wasn’t responding to the choices I was giving him and instead was fighting me. I finally got him buckled in and wondered what Love and Logic skills I could use for a consequence for his sad decision.
He is too young for a delayed consequence, so I used an enforceable statement.
I had a bag of M&M’s that I opened up and shared with his 3 year old brother saying “ I only give treats to boys who get in their carseats for their Mommy.” Yes, of course he started crying and screaming. But I know that it worked because later that day when I needed him to get in the car seat, he jumped right in! It felt good to have some skills to use.
Kerry Stutzman, MSW
©2013 Kerry Stutzman, Head & Heart Parents
As author of the easy-to-read “Save Your Sanity” series, Kerry helps parents save their sanity and sense of humor while raising young children with love and laughter.