“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” – Luke 11:28
Today we played “Yes, Mommy.” I have written about this game before (Day #4 Tip), but I want to touch on it again since we are talking about obedience. It’s such a simple game, but it continues to greatly impact my kids. Here’s what I wrote on day four: I was having problems with my kids listening to me. They’d completely ignore me or just not obey. They’d get a consequence for not obeying right away, but it didn’t seem to be working. I asked for some advice, and this was the tip, “Train them to say ‘Yes, Mommy’ in a fun way.” Kids respond to games. It is how they learn. So, this is the game I made up… simple and effective. We went outside (can be done indoors too), and I had them run around. When I called out their names, they were to freeze and yell back, “Yes, Mommy?” Then, I would give them a command like, “Sit on the grass!” or “Grab a leaf and bring it to me.” Their next response was suppose to be, “Yes, Mommy,” and then do the task right away. We played this game for a bit. I think I gave a brief talk when we came inside about saying “Yes, Mommy!” throughout the day as mommy asks them to do something. I would enthusiastically say, “Yes, Mommy!” if they forgot, and they would repeat. It translated immediately, and we literally had a miracle turn around in their response to me. Of course, we taught them to say, “Yes, Daddy” also. I praise them like crazy whenever those words come out of their mouths. You’ll often hear me saying, “Oh, I love ‘Yes, Mommy.’ Thank you for that!” Sometimes it’s not always those words, but it is obedience. When there’s not obedience, there’s still a consequence. We’ve played the game a couple times if things went slack, but it was really absorbed amazingly the first time.