Saturday, November 24, 2007

Buffing the Bluff

Effective parenting, I've found, employs the bluff to full advantage. It isn't always easy coming up with on-the-spot consequences and true words rarely strike fear in the hearts of those we love, so the bluff comes in handy from time to time. The right words, conjuring up the right images, spoken in just the right tone of voice can achieve amazing results even if it is entirely meaningless.

"You're going to get up off that floor and change your attitude or I'll change it for you," resulted tonight in the transgressor's immediate compliance, leaving me behind to laugh at myself and wonder what I'd have done if he had called my bluff.