Today, my friend Ana Canhoto invited me to a presentation on Social Media and the Return on Influence by Mark Schaefer. It was very interesting and informative. Mark proposes a model of 6 layers of customer engagement, which peel away like an onion.
Now, I don’t intend to write a post about customer engagement, marketing or social media. Instead his presentation got me think of the immediate implications in my life and my current full-time job as a mum: My customers are my children.
One of Mark’s layers is the Game Layer. Statistics show that even as adults we are drawn to games. Some games , like World of Warcraft, draw people in so much that they spend 6 hours a day playing. Farmville has 3 times as much revenue as Facebook, with the ability to change people’s routines to adapt to the pretend farms’ needs. Astonishing!
All this got me thinking: I have written about my numerous frustrations in getting the Littlins to do things- eat, get dressed, tidy up, etc.- in a timely manner. Would approaching everything as a game make it easier? How can these everyday tasks be turned into a game? Or is it just me, who’s been missing this trick and everyone else already approaches parenting as a game with the Littlins?
It is all too easy to turn the daily tasks into a competition, but that creates sibling rivalry, doesn’t it? And that in the long term is not good.
Here are some thoughts on what I I came up with when thinking it briefly through on how to turn life and parenting into a game for everyone:
– Creative reward charts (not just your x by x grid on which stickers are placed, or jars filled with marbles, etc.)
– More involvement of the Littlins in chores
– Technology, such as phone apps
– Introducing more role-play, more storytelling
What do you think? Do you approach parenting as a game with the Littlins?
Finally, if we do approach the everyday as a full-time play session, do children still learn essentials like taking responsibility, timeliness?
My objective would be to make parenting a smoother process and not load more work on my own shoulders as a parent, but to achieve the
same better results.
I would love to hear your opinions! Please feel free to link to your relevant posts.