Staring contest champion

The other day, I told the kids that I would turn off the TV in five minutes so that they could get ready for bed. When five minutes was up and I turned the TV off, BE was on the verge of a tantrum. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m stubborn and I like to get my way too. So normally when she goes into tantrum mode, I warn her to stop, which doesn’t always help. This time, I just stared at her as though she were a strange new life form. And guess what? She stopped! She got up, she brushed her teeth! I have no idea if this new tactic actually worked, or if there were some other forces at play. But, I certainly felt a lot calmer.

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2 thoughts on “Staring contest champion

  1. I have a “teacher glare” that can stop just about any student dead in their tracks. I once gave the glare from the doorway of another teacher’s unruly classroom and an entire group of students stopped what they were doing, sat down, and got quiet. I didn’t even have to say a word. Giving “the look” can be SUPER effective when perfected….

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