When I was younger (much, much younger), I used to dream of becoming a parent one day. I dreamt of the typical white picket fence, two children (a boy and a girl –>I’m very fortunate that my dream came true) and that I would be a stay at home Mom. When I would dream, I had VERY rose coloured glasses on, because I was naive and really had NO CLUE just how challenging parenting could be at times.
Please don’t get me wrong! I LOVE being a parent and it is truly the most rewarding ‘job’ on the planet BUT….with it comes your fair share of challenges (that seem to change almost daily).
Not many people enjoy the discipline side of parenting, but there are times when setting clear expectations and consequences and following through are very important when you are a parent.
One incredible Mom, Cindy Williams, created The Red Card Blue Card Game by necessity when her son was five. I met with her last year, over tea, and heard her entire story. She was a single parent, struggling to find ways to reach her son, who at the time, was out of control. The game that she created for her son yielded such incredible results, it really was a no brainer for her to create a version to share with other parents. And so, The Red Card Blue Card Game was created.
What if there was a way to make discipline more fun?
You definitely would be among many parents wondering how on earth they can achieve this!
I will NEVER forget, as long as I live, the first time I ever yelled at my daughter. I was not the yelling type and am typically quite a patient person, but that particular day, I was pregnant, tired and had been drawn to the end of my rope (not that it is any excuse!). I literally stopped mid-way through my yell and cried. I dropped down to my knees and hugged my 3 year old daughter. Once I calmed down, I apologized and luckily kids are quite resilient and forgiving and we moved on with our day. BUT, that day still haunts me and floods me with emotions when I think back to that first yell. And I am sad and ashamed to admit that it wasn’t the last time that I yelled either. As the years progress, my parenting patience barameter has decreased. I’m not sure why, but it must be the many frustrations and challenges that we face as parents day in and day out that slowly eat away at you, can you relate?
The main positive feature about this game for me was that it helped me stop yelling and feeling flustered! Instead of yelling, I was given another way to react, by handing my child a card. We set out VERY clear expectations as a family and very clears steps for how we would follow through and with this system, our children knew what to expect which immediately decreased the meltdowns that we were experiencing.
I am thrilled to be able to give one lucky person the opportunity to win a copy of this game to try out in their home. I hope that with the use of this game, you too will have an “ah-ha” moment and that some of the struggles that you may be facing in your parenting journey.