Dancing Queen

My kid is like most kids his age. Either his eyes are way bigger than our wallet or he's begging to do something ridiculous with the stuff we've spent our money on.

But I've figured out how to gauge just how interested in something he really is. Rather than listen to him whine and beg and cajole and pout, I tell him to dance for it. "You'd better get to dancing," I say to him when I see that my "No" answer is about to garner a tantrum.

He will only go through so much humiliation for something he doesn't really want, but will dance until his lungs give out when he has his heart set on something. For instance, in this video, he danced his little butt off in exchange for having a "book sale" wherein he was going to give all his books to his little friend for his little friend to sell and give Javi a cut of the profit.

I made him dance and dance and dance (while I giggled uncontrollably and my sister sang to the music) and then I laughed as I told him his request was denied for being ridiculous. He was so worn out he didn't even argue with me. Instead, he and the friend went to the friend's house to locate something worth selling.

It may seem mean, but it's working for us. You have to let me know if you try it.

This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday and Wordful Wednesday.


  • Unknown

    Oh he really is dancing up a storm!

  • Cecily R

    Dude. That is BRILLIANT parenting!!!

  • Anonymous

    That is good. I'm kinda jealous of his moves! You are one super smart Momma!

  • Amy @ Never-True Tales

    Awesome! Go Javi go!

  • amber_mtmc

    Hah! I had my husband watch this with me. We were both very impressed with the idea and the moves! Javi can move it move it!

  • Sofa King

    I'm on the boy's side. WOMEN! They're never satisfied. LOL

  • Craft Rose

    I'd never have thought of this. What a novel idea...

    Thanks for stopping by our blog. I hope your paper flowers turn out wonderfully :0)

    They are so easy: i have them made of any kind of (scrap) paper under the sun laying around in our home....

    A flower for each season / flavor of the month haha

  • Kristi

    Oh, how cute! Thank you for dropping by my blog. I added to my post, thanks to your question, that the bulbs are noramally planted in the fall but you can buy the plants that are ready to bloom, plant them, and then still enjoy birthday bulbs for years to come. Blessings to you!

  • Lori

    What a great idea!

    I loved hearing the "Get off my furniture.." that sounds like me at our house! LOL

  • BigLittleWolf

    I love this! If it works, why not?

  • Jami

    That's so funny. I am seriously going to try it. In my book, you gotta have some humor in parenting. :)

  • amber_mtmc

    Dear Kelly, I have an award waiting for you. I know, I know, but I couldn't help myself. You make me smile. : )

  • Anonymous

    oh. my. goodness. I am DEFINITELY going to steal this idea. Although, I'm 100% certain hannah will never have any qualms about dancing her heart out anywhere and everywhere. But, it will be worth the laugh! This is awesome!

  • Mc Allen

    now thats creative parenting!! I LOVE this!!! xoxo LA

  • Unknown

    Hahaha that's SO mean embarrassing him like that & not following through.... but SO funny. :)

  • Kelly Miller

    Yes, poor thing roll his eyes and blew out his breath when I still wouldn't let him sell his books -- BUT I told him he could make something to sell, so it balanced out.

    @Becca - this definitely only works for that age group that gets easily embarrassed, like years 8-11. Before that they won't care and after they won't bother.

  • The Royal Family

    sorry i'm late, come visit me...

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  • The Ludwigs

    I don't think I want you giving Mommy these ideas...

  • Cheryl

    This is awesome.

  • Mommy Boots (formerly KarmaPearl)

    Not only is this hysterical and a great idea, but it's blackmail for the future. Fab!

    Stopped by from SITS!

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