Hurry up! Hurry up! I mean it! Quack, quack, quack!

Welcome to the September Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting Through Play

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how challenging discipline situations can be met with play. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


I find myself, on many an outing, with a baby wrapped to me, a shopping cart in front of me, and two other children a growing distance behind me, no matter how slowly I am walking. Refrains of, “Come along, Littles!” “Please hurry up, guys!” “Really, come on!” issue from me every few moments as their steps grow slower. I’ve tried getting angry. That does make them grow surly, but not any faster. I’ve tried ignoring and just continuing at my own pace, but worried that I’d lose them altogether if I didn’t remind them that they needed to leave with me. I’ve tried a constant litany of encouragement, but I get tired of hearing myself talk – and they don’t walk any faster. So these days, after a few requests to keep up (because I am walking at a reasonable pace), I quack at them. A quick call of “Quack, quack, quack,” brings two happy ducklings rushing up behind me to line up and follow through the store, merrily calling out “Quack, quack, quack!”

Sometimes, putting the fun back in the job is the easiest way to get the chore done.


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9 thoughts on “Hurry up! Hurry up! I mean it! Quack, quack, quack!

  1. Hah, that’s fantastic! I think I’ll give that one a try – Libra loves to meander, and while there are times I’m happy to let him do so, there are also times when we are parked in 20-minute only spaces and we have got to move. Quack quack!


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