A nudge is a little push. Animals nudge their young to steer them in the right direction. And now behavioural scientists are suggesting parents use this strategy as well, to steer their young in the right direction.
Kids definitely don’t seem to respond to this strategy…
Knight of Swords + Eight of Pentacles: Nagging
Which leaves parents feeling like this…
Eight of Swords: Powerless
Most parents I know are looking for ways to get their children to obey…
Three of Wands: Wanting to improve your skill set
Nudge theory was first made famous by some US economists.
King of Swords: University professors
It’s based on the idea that 80 per cent of human behaviour is automatic, with people responding to cues around them.
The High Priestess: Acting instinctively
Nudges are not this…
Justice Reversed: Mandates
They are this…
Page of Swords: Making small smart choices
It’s putting fruit at eye level, rather than banning junk food.
It’s using smaller bowls and spoons when eating ice-cream.
It’s keeping treats where kids can’t see them.
It’s shopping alone so the kids don’t know there are treats in the cupboard.
It’s keeping bikes, scooters and other sports equipment at the front and back doors.
It’s taking the kids to a park before they think of playing on their iPads.
It’s making this easier…
Ace of Swords: Choosing the best option
The only downside is that it involves this…
Seven of Swords: Being sneaky
I actually know mums who’ve hidden in the pantry to eat treats, so the kids won’t see them and want treats too.
Do you have any successful nudging tips to share?