The magic behind 1-2-3

On Friday I accompanied Arya to the Science Museum – this was a trip organised by her nursery and all the children who went were there with either of their parents. It is always a great experience for a few reasons, namely:

• it’s reassuring to know that teachers do a bloody good job facing a bunch of screaming, crying, temper throwing kids every day with calm, strict and loving manner; kudos to them because I barely stand a full day with two girls

• it’s reassuring to know that other parents more or less do the same as you do while raising the future conscious citizens of the world by giving them carrots and a snack, shouting to them to always walk nearby, explaining to them with a blushing on their cheeks that you shouldn’t point at a woman standing right next to them and say:” Look, she’s got red hair”

• you always find out something new about your child like that she has a best friend at school that she absolutely adore (and the feeling is mutual) and it’s not a girl but why you never noticed, guessed or found out earlier. We see what we want to see

• it’s always great to use these crowded places to teach your kids a lesson and give them a dose of fear of being lost (in a controlled environment)

The list is long but one small thing that fascinates me is the power of 1-2-3?.

It worked on me when I was little and I dealt with it same way as it is managed by kids nowadays, probably around the world. Funnily enough I never practice it on Arya. I think perhaps I don’t feel like counting and waiting patiently for the miracle of “three”. When I say now, it means now or the corner.

My sister uses the technique very often and the highest number varies depending on how pissed off she is and how much of lee way she’s giving her boys. If for example, she asks her son to clean his room NOW but they are still playing she would count to 10 and very often slowing down while getting closer to the 10 but the voice is getting louder and the pronunciation more through the clenched teeth.

If she however expects them to get ready to school but the are messing around it will be a quick 1-2-3.

And the magic is – by the time the counting is over, by the time the highest number is spelled (which is communicated prior to the counting) the receiver of the counting obediently actions what’s been requested of them before the counting started.

It’s like the kids never want to find out what happens after the counting is completed. They stretch their luck within the permitted limit but hardly ever abuse this privilege.

What happens after the “three” know one knows because no one dares to find out.

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