By Jodie Lynn
"Eat your spinach with a toothpick!" shouted 13-year-old Nat. "Yeah, right," sighed his Dad. "What's going on?" I asked in a stunned voice. "Not much," said my husband. "I gave the kids an opportunity to show me what they've learned over the years and to check out how they might respond during the holiday meals and parties - or any old time. And, this is what I get!"
Don't lose your cool - enhance children's talents and knowledge of becoming a real person with a learning game. Kids have a tendency to listen and learn when parents or teachers make a game out of it!
Try this fun opposite game. Sit down at the next meal and tell the kids you have some Opposite Rules and watch the fun and valued lessons begin.
WARNING: Be prepared for much silliness -- and a gross show of "mouth food" and comments. With this in mind, serve up nonmessy dishes and have fun!
Are you wondering if this will really work to help curtail rude crude behavior? While there are no guarantees in life (especially with kids) this is a great and fun game if you can stomach your children sharing highly outrageous comments at the table. Of course you know they are just trying to get the "raised eyebrow" response from you - don't you?
Parent Tip: Sometimes when they are trying to gross you out, get gross back. (Did I say that?)
Of course, all of us smart parents know they are really learning the correct way of table manners from every single disgusting example they will be sharing with us.
They know it too - but for now - let them have fun and act a little disgusting (only at home - ya know).
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