Creativity expert, professor, father and former day care provider Rustin Wolfe writes a weekly MinnMoms parenting advice column that uses creative punishments to put a positive spin on negative behavior.
Here's one of his creative solutions:
Question: How can I get my kids to expand their diet?
Behavior: Limited diet.
Problem: Variety is healthful.
Solution: Find the fun in each new food.
Activity: Withholding dessert only goes so far. Find other reasons to try different foods:
Green beans: Can you hear them squeak against your teeth?
Asparagus: Does your pee smell any different?
Spinach: Do you feel stronger (works best after viewing "Popeye")?
Banana: How can you eat it like a monkey?
Carrots: What can you sculpt with your bites?
Hot dog: What happens if you eat it from the middle?
This way, it's framed not so much about trying a new food as trying a new food-related challenge. And your kids are more likely up for a new challenge than the new food.
-- Want Rustin's solution for your child's challenging behavior? Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Read the Naughty Column archive at minnmoms.com/naughtycolumn.