We tell ourselves and others that we don’t want to coerce our kids. Once we get past that whole “not wanting to sound like a bad parent” thing we admit it. At some point, we do want to. Not forcefully or traumatically. We just want it to stop! Or start!
Look. When a mom or dad is taking pics of the little one’s giant snot bubble or a naked gymnastics, the thought might not occur when they’re pressing the shot button that they’re capturing future blackmail material to torture them with later, but they’ll think of this later. Maybe not right then. But someday…
What about now, though? Something that won’t be traumatic and won’t get us into trouble. Yep. Tickling.
So we look to the masters of both hand-to-hand combat and getting away with things. The ninja. Study well their ancient texts. Learn to control or get revenge on your kid with tickles.
So be on the lookout for early warning signs: panting, red face, sudden and dramatic bodily functions, distressed squealing, “cry-laughter” or begging and pleading for it to stop or simply speaking in tongues.
Maybe it’s not really Ninjabook. But Like our Page anyways. It will never try to assassinate you.
All the Other Ninja Parent Lessons
Part 1 of the Tickle Attacks, The Pillow Paw, The Ankle Claw. Study them.