The greatest con-artist are between the ages of 3- 7.”  –Zig Ziglar

The above statement from my old mentor is so true. Matter of fact, when my kids (I have 6) were small, the “negotiations” would begin at 7 pm.

My wife, Ana, would tell our little ones to get ready for bed and they would respond with, “Pajamas but NO bed.” As the night wore on, they’d progress to, “Bed NO sleep!”

Finally my wife would end it with, “What did Mommy say?” when it was finally time that they had to be down for the night.

Having the kids repeat back what she wanted done was and is the key to our parenting success.

Saying what you mean and meaning what you say is crucial to getting your child to follow directions. 

Now as you’re quickly learning…easier said than done, unless…you know how.

Here’s how—make your child repeat what you want done!

Could it really be that easy?


Having your child repeat the behavior desired allows for NO misunderstanding of what you want them to do!

There is no room for interpretation.

If mom asks little Johnny to put away his toys and then has him repeat it back, he now knows she means “business!”

Next post I’ll show you how to put all your newfound skills together and get your child on the road to success with a Strong Reward System.

As always, if you’re struggling with any of these skills feel free to give me a call or stop by the Academy to see the system in action—we’re here  for you!

Help your child Focus and I’ll see them at the Top!