Teaching rules to stuffed animals makes them easier (and more fun) for kids
Ah, the power of creative thinking. Here's how Alma made "the rules" fun for her toddler:
While transitioning my 2 year old from her beloved crib to a "big girl" bed. I wanted to emphasize that she needed to stay in her bed and sleep in her bed, so I told her we were going to make sure her stuffed animals knew the rules. She'd pick an animal and hand it to me, and I'd say, "Panda, this is a big girl bed. Do you know the rules? Rule number one: stay in bed! Rule number two? Go to sleep!"
By the time I'd said the rules to a couple of animals, my daughter started chiming in with "Rule number one! Rule number two!" Over the next couple of days, she'd ask me to go upstairs with her to "tell my animals the magic rules."
And best of all, my daughter is following the rules!