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Got a case of selective hearing? Give them laps to walk/run around the yard. Guaranteed to prompt a quick reaction.

Scenario: Kids playing in living room, toys strewn all over the place. It’s time to go outside to get some fresh air before lunch.

You: “Okay, it’s time to clean up so we can go outside.”

Kids: No response.

You: “Ahem. Time to clean up.”

Kids: No response.

You, getting a LITTLE tired of this selective hearing: “Okay then, one lap,” (that gets them scurrying), “Two laps.”

Previous scenario: After fifty laps one especially “selective hearing” heavy day, a reminder that not listening equals making laps around the yard will get them moving. I’m sure there are other methods, but this one seems to work well.