The Discipline Armoury: Tip 6 – Songs

Tip 1, Tip 2, Tip 3, Tip 4, Tip 5.


Singing sometimes helps to make things more pleasant.  You can sing a song about washing hands, for instance, “This is the way we wash our hands…”

At Gavin’s school, they play a “packing up” song and all the children get together to pack up the toys.  It seems to work really well because Gavin likes to sing it when he packs up his toys at home.  Now I sing it along with him whenever we pack up his toys to help him get into the groove more quickly.

You can make up your own songs or you can use the ones already available.

Sometimes I sing songs in the car to distract Gavin from wanting to take of his seat belt and move around in the car.  Gavin’s favourites are the songs from Thomas and Friends.  Sometimes I sing and sign the songs we learned from Signing Time.  Occasionally, I make up some silly song about the engines from Thomas and Friends using some ridiculous tune I make up in my head.  I’m not very creative with the lyrics.  Thankfully, Gavin isn’t particular so long as I’m singing about his engines.  From the looks I got from my SIL, I’m guessing I shouldn’t be thinking about a career in song writing.  Then again, she had to agree that my singing beats having a restless and noisy toddler in the car.

Have you used this disciplinary measure on your children?  Please share your experiences below.

The Discipline Armoury: Tip 7 – Stories

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

2 thoughts on “The Discipline Armoury: Tip 6 – Songs

  1. “cleaning up the toys and put it in the basket!” sung to the tune of 1 little 2 little 3 little indians…..
    is a sure-fire way to get my toddler to clean up without and fuss!
    it’s a song used at Gymboree Play & Music classes.


  2. I think songs like that work really well – they get the kids into the spirit of cleaning up. Plus having the experience at school with other kids packing up is a positive influence.


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