If your kids are anything like mine, they slam doors just a little too often. It’s not as if they even think about it, they just do. Practical life lessons like how to close a door are sometimes lost amid all the academic teaching we do with our kids.
After gritting my teeth as my son slammed the door for the umpteenth time I decided a gentle approach to teaching might be in order.
I stepped into my most enthusiastic voice and said, “Hey! I just realized I never taught you how to close a door! Watch this!”
I showed him how, if he turned the handle before closing the door, it doesn’t slam.
“Wow!” I added for emphasis, making it sound like the coolest thing in the universe. (Yes, I did sort of roll my eyes at myself.)
He was into it, actually, and practiced a few times.
I won’t lie to you, I still hear the door slam a lot, but every now and then I catch his testing out how to close a door silently.
It’s amazing how far a peppy attitude will get you.