Play Time Trick: Who’s The Boss

January 6, 2011 in Dad Tips  

Play Time Trick: Who’s The Boss

Kids spend their whole day being told what to do: wash your hands, sit down, eat ur g’damned ravioli!

In this video, veteran dad Courtney Stubbert talks about his post-work play time tip: let your kids be the boss. Enjoy!

What play time tips do you have? Please share! Either through the comments or contact me to add a guest post :)

For More Courtney

Courtney is the author of a few posts on here. If you read nothing else on this site, read his post about being good enough as a dad. Else-wise, check out his toy cleanup trick.

Please Comment & Add Your Voice!

Portland Dad January 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

Great tip, when kids have control of play time they fully engage and you get to fully engage.


Metroknow January 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Excellent idea. I bet it also accentuates when you have to say that you are the one whose in charge – since they know what it means to be in charge first-hand. Great idea.


Adam B January 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Great post. Means I have to let go of my OCD :)
All for the best, though.


ABQ Daddy January 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Kudos. Great post, and so true. My little man is turning 4 next month, and playtime is all about him in the director’s chair. They also love Q & A when they are the one’s giving the “expert” answers.


Courtney January 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm

@Adam B. Don’t get me wrong, some days it’s actually the most frustrating thing in the world to try and follow a 4yo’s script the minute you get home. My focus is frequently shot and I’ve barely had time to defrag from the day. It can be really difficult sometimes. He can be all over the place, repetitive and so non-linear I have to remember to just ask him to repeat himself as if he’s the most important person in the room. He never minds telling me again.

@ABQ Daddy – Agreed on the QA. Great for getting them settled down at dinner time especially. Henry and Flora’s favorite is “Hey guys let’s talk about animals. What’s your favorite?” That conversation alone can take 5-10 minutes. Ask them about animal colors and noises and which ones leave the biggest poop. Hilarity and giggles all around.


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