The Discipline Armoury: Tip 7 – Stories

Tip 1, Tip 2, Tip 3, Tip 4, Tip 5, Tip 6.


Stories can be used in two ways – to keep your child occupied long enough to get through a task or to help prepare your child for what’s coming.  For instance, you can tell your child a story about the dinosaur’s trip to the dentist to help prepare your child for a visit to the dentist.

I haven’t actually tried telling Gavin stories from this aspect.  However, I have used the tactic of telling stories to distract Gavin and keep him occupied long enough to get certain tasks done.  For instance, I’ve told him stories to get through hair-cuts, long car rides, to keep him on the toilet, and a whole host of other things.  Stories about Thomas and his friends work really well for Gavin, then again, Gavin simply loves hearing stories so that might be why this tactic works so well on him.

I don’t do well making stories up on the spot so I just re-tell Thomas and Friends stories we’ve read together in books or watched on TV in my own words.

Have you used this disciplinary measure on your children?  Please share your experiences below.

The Discipline Armoury: Tip 8 – Be Silly


Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

2 thoughts on “The Discipline Armoury: Tip 7 – Stories

  1. I have been using stories to prepare my 1-year old for “what’s coming” and it has worked well. Example:

    He was going for his MMR jab (hasn’t had a jab since 6 months old). In the morning, I told him a story about him going to the clinic, meeting a nurse and a doctor, the doctor would give him a jab, it would hurt, he may cry and I would hug him. I repeated the story a few times to him, with hand signs to illustrate, and he was rather amused.

    At the clinic, he merely gave a short “Urgh” when the needle pricked him, I hugged him promptly and he was fine. 🙂


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