This blog is my place to vent and share resources with other parents of children of trauma. I try to be open and honest about my feelings in order to help others know they are not alone. Therapeutic parenting of adopted teenagers with RAD and other severe mental illnesses and issues (plus "neurotypical" teens) , is not easy, and there are time when I say what I feel... at the moment. We're all human!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Brighten up a boring day!

One of my favorite funny bloggers posted an office version of this. Here's my take on it!

at home...

  • Chase a child around the house to give him/her a kiss or a tickle (be sure the child is OK with this!).
  • Return the greeting of anyone in the house, but substitute the name of a pet for his or her name. “Hi Scarlet Claus, how was school today?” “I missed you too Lord Fluffy!”
  • Phone home from work and say, “Just called to say I can’t talk right now, Bye.”
  • To signal the end of a conversation, clamp your hands over your ears and grimace.
  • Leave your zipper open for an hour. If anyone points it out, say “Sorry, but I really prefer it this way.”
  • In the middle of dinner, suddenly yell out “YABBA DABBA DOOO!”
  • Walk sideways to the refrigerator.
  • Say to your child, “I like your style”, and shoot him/her with double-barreled fingers.
  • In the middle of a “creative discussion,” babble incoherently, then ask “Did you get all that?, I don’t want to have to repeat it.”
  • Gasp dramatically every time the refrigerator door opens.
  • Yell downstairs repeatedly for yourself (do NOT disguise your voice).
  • Set a bowl on the floor and carefully pour your drink in it. Then get down and noisily lap it up like a dog.
  • Shout random numbers while someone is counting.
  • At the end of dinner, suggest that, for once, it would be nice to conclude with the singing of the national anthem. (Extra points if you actually launch into it yourself.)
  • Walk into the room in which a child is reading or doing homework, and while they watch you with growing irritation, turn the light switch off/on 10 times.
  • For an hour, refer to everyone by the names you’ve given them on your blog or from a cartoon. “Spongebob do the dishes!”
  • When returning from the restroom sing the, “I went poo poo in the potty” song repeatedly. Don’t forget to dance!
  • When a child is not home, carefully put away all their laundry or toys in the correct places (where they’ll never find it).
  • When there are extra children in the house, run around counting the children repeatedly, shake your head and mutter over and over, “Too many, there’s just too many!”
  • At dinner time, sit down at the table, look at the children expectantly and ask what’s for dinner?
  • Put purple food coloring in the milk. (Don't use green or blue unless you want to drink it all yourself! Green milk is NOT appetizing!)
  • Before dinner is served, hold up your unused fork and ask the child next to you, “Do you wanna swap?”
  • Repeat the following conversation 10 times to the same person:
“Do you hear that?"
“Never mind, it’s gone now.”
  • Wear your craziest outfit (mine is a rainbow colored tie dye shirt with matching shorts) when you drop off or pick up your child from school.
  • Speak in an accent (French, German, Porky Pig, etc.) to anyone who comes to the front door.
  • Hang a two-foot long piece of toilet paper from the back of your pants and act genuinely surprised when someone points it out.

My favorite?
Whenever a child misbehaves, furtively make checks in a notebook while giggling. Tell any child who asks that you are playing a game, but don’t give them details. Wait until the child has been naughty several times and then dance around shouting, “YES! I WIN!” Thank the child (don’t explain) and walk away pumping your fist in the air. You can actually reward yourself with a treat if you like. I’ve heard it called Behavior Bingo.

1 comment:

Dawn said...

ROFL! Excellent adaptation for home!