Last week a friend was trying to get her four-year old child to come to her at the playground, but her daughter was ignoring her calls. I asked her if I could try something that works with my kids and my friend was game.
I told the girl that I had a really good secret to tell her, but I could only tell her when she tagged my hand. I held my hand out and watched her sprint across the playground to me. When she touched my hand, I bent down and whispered dramatically in her ear that my favorite color was purple. Her eyes lit up and she told me that her favorite color was pink. She then took her mother’s hand and happily walked to the car.
I’ve been using this game since my kids were toddlers with amazing success. My eight and a half year old daughter has caught onto it, but my six year old son will still fall for it. The actual secret that you tell her isn’t as important as acting like it is the most important secret in the world. You can tell her something silly like you saw a purple cow yesterday, that you love her very much or even a knock-knock joke.