It’s saturday morning. I have been looking forward to this day for the past two months. I’m proud. And I have this wonderful feeling inside. But, at the same time, I’ve got this other feeling that won’t go away.
I’m scared. I’m worried.
Today is the day when my son is joining the local swimming team. He’s only five, so he won’t start competing just yet. First he’ll have to learn to swim, and that’s really why we decided to ask him if he wanted to join. He said yes, and I’m so proud. At the same time, I’m getting old, because my kids are getting old. I don’t feel old at all. In fact, I feel younger than ever, except when I think. And I think a lot. But the thing is, it’s not about me, it never is, and this makes everything so much easier.
The swimming is all about my son. I want him to be able to swim, and I want him to have fun. But, he can’t seem to focus on one thing for more than eight seconds. It’s going to be interesting to watch him in the water.
His sister is different though. She’s a lot more structured. She’s eight, and the best girl in the world.
They don’t know this, but I have been using inbound marketing to get them interesting in things that they had no idea that they were interested in. That’s things like;
- Going to bed early
- Cleaning their rooms
Yes, my son is five years old and he’s behaving (well, most of the time).
That’s because I have an app for that.
The importance of having fun
Like I said, I don’t feel old at all. But when my kids starts running around the house, shouting and throwing things at me, I feel grumpy. Grumpy is a bad sign. To me, it’s a sign of dying, so I hustle to stay smiling. Ah, that reminds me that my daughter is going to celebrate her birthday tomorrow, and we’ve invited 19 kids. I know exactly what’s going to happen. They’ll be running, shouting and throwing things at me. It’s a good thing that I’m working on a plan. It’s going to be a plan to make them all change focus. It’s going to be the inbound marketing plan for kids to stop running, shouting and throwing things, and it’s a plan that’s going to make me included in the party.
I want to be included because I love my kids, and I love to play, and I love contests. I believe that we can and should add fun, play, and contests to everything we do. It doesn’t matter if it’s business, or if it’s my daughter’s birthday party.
My son and my daughter will eat a lot of hot dogs, cakes, and candy, but they’ll still go to bed when I tell them to, and they’ll stay quiet and they’ll be happy too.
That’s because I have an app for that.
There are some rules somewhere
I know the importance of rules. I have been struggling for years to say no. I can still hear; Dad, can I please have another? It doesn’t matter what, I always say yes. They both know and understand the rules, but they also know that I don’t like to stop anything. There are no fun in obeying rules. The fun is in breaking them. So, having rules that doesn’t seem to be rules, is the solution. Rules should be all about fun, play and contests.
This works, because I have an app for that.
Understand how and why
My son is active. My daughter is active. They can hardly sit still for three minutes unless they’re eating ice cream and watching TV while on the couch. My wife doesn’t know. They like to eat ice cream, and if I don’t say no, I’m a firm believer that they won’t stop eating – ever. I have thought about letting them both eat as many ice creams as they possibly can, and see what happens. My dad would say that they’d get sick, and that they’ll learn something, and mayble they’ll end up not wanting ice cream for a very long time. I haven’t tried it. That’s not how I do things.
I don’t have any problems with too much of anything. My kids are still watching TV, they are still very active, but they understand what they should be doing, and why. I believe in turning complex stories into something easy and into a story they’ll remember by using analogies.
It’s just a few hours left until my son will hit the water, and I’ll be watching him swim. I know how proud he’ll be, and I know exactly how he’s going to look at me. His eyes just above the water. His smile will be too big, and he’ll swallow water for sure. It’s going to be so much fun. And then, tomorrow, my daughter’s birthday party. She’s been talking about it for weeks. All her friends will be there. I’ll be running, shouting and throwing things. And they’ll be looking at me as if I’m the strangest dad in the whole world.
The reason why I don’t have to say no anymore. The reason why I can be all fun, and play and go through life with my kids as if everything is just a fun contest, is because I have an app on my iPhone. The best app in the world (Thank you Carolyn for your review) is called iRewardChart.
I installed the app. I talked to my kids, and asked them what kind of rewards they wanted. I added the list of rewards to this app. In order to get the rewards, they need stars. I added how many stars they need. For instance, in order for bowling night to happen, they need 100 stars. They’ll use the stars to “buy” bowling night. I added how they’ll get the stars. For instance, if they go to bed when I say that they should and not complain, they’ll get a star. They know and understand how to get the stars, and how to use the stars. They’ve actually started a business, at five and eight years old. I’m their customer, and if I’m satisfied, they’ll get stars.
I’m not sure if I can remember how life was before iRewardChart, but I know this, it has made a huge difference and iRewardChart is the best app in the world.