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Play the Boob

Being a kid is hard. You are doing so many things for the first time, and you have very little control over your life.

Parenting expert, Harvey Karp, suggests countering this by “playing the boob.” You make your child feel fast, smart, or secure by making yourself a “boob” such as:

  • Acting like a klutz by dropping or falling down

  • Losing a competition, such as who can put away something faster

  • Letting them be stronger than you, such as losing a pillow fight

  • Be incorrect, such as singing the wrong words to a song they know

These little acts will make them laugh, build confidence, and ultimately help them be more cooperative. Plus, it’s pretty damn fun.


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