Several years ago, we received a fabulous educational refrigerator musical magnet that’s purpose is to keep young children entertained and supervised while you need to prepare food. (The directions don’t state this, but it really is a no brainer.) The musical toy is recommended for infants who can sit up on their own and usually is appreciated up until toddlerhood.
Now we no longer have toddlers at our home. But at our house, we can’t quite donate this one to Goodwill yet. We have a tradition of when things get a little out of hand, as they often can with two preschoolers 14 months apart; we break out the Booty Dance. Never heard of this one?
When your kids misbehave, as you all know, you have to choose your battles. Is the offense so naughty that “time out” or the act of being sent to your room is necessary, or do you need a diversion tactic? Sometimes we have to use a little discipline, but if you just want the behavior to stop and for the child to be redirected. Booty Dance Break.
This musical magnet has a button that when pressed will play a different upbeat farm type of song. At first the girls would just take turns hitting the button and then dancing around in a circle in the kitchen grabbing the hands of anyone in the room. This then progressed to the same lead up, but then leaning over and shaking your booty and laughing until you couldn’t laugh anymore.
Now the girls have discovered if you place the magnet toy at the right height on the fridge door, you can run over, bump the button with your booty and then shake your hind quarters to your heart’s content!
I decided one day that if I joined them, I might be able to avoid putting myself in “timeout.” If we could cancel out some of the estrogen in the house by increasing the endorphins through exercise, music and laughter, life might be more peaceful at our wild and crazy house. We usually do this for about 15 minutes until the phrase “Mommy is tired!” is heard and then we all seem to get along better for the rest of the afternoon.
The Booty Dance Break is not going to teach children how to behave properly or be respectful. It will not solve all of your parenting issues, but it seems to work in my kitchen; and hopefully, when the girls get tall enough to be seen through the kitchen window dancing with their mother, the neighbors won’t think, “Those poor children! Their mother has been hitting the bottle again and it’s only noon!”