It’s the last weekend before the kids head back to school and while the kids are off sharpening their pencils and labeling their school supplies, you may find you’re staring, glassy-eyed at a steady stream of “Welcome” emails from the kids’ schools, asking yourself where the summer went.
Or maybe you are revisiting that glorious summer “bucket list” of things you didn’t get around to doing or places you didn’t get around to visiting. And you’re wondering, “How the hell did we just survive the last two months without all those planned distractions?”
I’ll tell you how: with the art of persuasion. And a little Netflix.
3 Ways the Art of Persuasion Saved Summer
- Persuading the kids to play outside?
No problem. I don’t know how the weather was in your neck of the woods but around here, we were starved for “hot and sunny”. So when the kids wanted to hole up in the basement and play on the Wii on one of those really summery days, I persuaded them to play outside.
How? If you agree to be back in an hour then you can go to the park on your own.
My children loved having that bit of newly-discovered independence. It created a sense of freedom, taught them responsibility, and also gave Mom a break to get some work done.
2. Persuading the kids to learn plus clean their rooms?
Ah, this took ingenuity because, clearly, learning is reserved for school and cleaning is decidedly not fun. The challenge was finding a learning-based activity they enjoyed and then leveraging it to get a clean(ish) house. For us, this was the library — my kids love to read.
Quite simply: If you want to go to the library then first you need to tidy up your bedrooms.
Bonus: my youngest daughter gained confidence in her improved reading skills and the house stayed in a mostly-presentable state.
3. Persuading them watch my latest Netflix pick?
You may be thinking, “They needed persuading to watch Netflix?” Uh, nope. But, while my husband would open up the floor with the standard, “What do you want to watch?” inviting 100 different replies, I preferred giving options so we avoided a meltdown.
If you want to watch Scooby-Doo (for the billionth time) then first we’re going to watch Beauty and the Beast. Related: Last time we watched your pick so this time So-and-So gets to choose or I heard there was a totally awesome NEW show! Who wants to check it out? (P.S. This is totally how we got onto Trollhunters!)
In a pinch, a bluntly-phrased This is what we’re watching, take it or leave it also works.
It’s true, I’m a binge watcher. However, I like to dabble in the latest Netflix offerings which means stumbling on some really great shows I know my kids and husband will enjoy. There is no shame in a good “art of persuasion game” if it means it’s something you and your Netflix cohorts will enjoy. And as you head into fall and back-to-school, you can fine-tune your art of persuasion accordingly: If you want to watch Fuller House (new episodes coming September 22nd) then first you need to finish your homework.
What’s the most creative way you’ve gotten your family or S.O. to bend to your Netflix will? And have you caught Season 1 of Atypical or Marvel’s The Defenders?
Disclosure: I am a member of Netflix Canada’s #StreamTeam which means that I enjoy special incentives in return for sharing with you the lengths to which I will go to get my family to watch my favourite Netflix shows. All opinions are my own. Be sure to subscribe to my email updates so you don’t miss a post and stay tuned for what’s coming up. Until then, here’s a sneak peek of what’s new in September!