How to get a two year old to syringe his own nose

As defined by me: Pull is leading by example. Push is leading through orders.

Ideally, children will respond to both. Our children are currently one and two and the effectiveness of Push sticks for about 5 seconds (“Stop! Don’t go in the road.” – They wait for up to five seconds before they resume.)

Pull parenting seems like it would be similiarly effective, but I’ve had remarkable success with it.

Both of our children hated the nose syringe, but fighting through it was better than hearing them be stuffed up. One night, I decided to try something else, and gave myself the nose syringe, and made it look fun. Joseph was immediately piqued. After I syringed myself about three times, he wanted to do it himself. He tried a couple times, and after he didn’t have success, he then <em>wanted</em> me to help him syringe his nose.

That shift took less than a minute.

Since this epiphany, this method has been used with general success in many other situations.

It also likely translates to management. It’s much easier to follow a lead than it is to be ordered to strike off in uncharted territory.

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