The Daily Groove

Going Along for the Ride

Here's something you can try if your child enjoys riding "piggyback"...

When you're both in a good mood, offer your child a piggyback ride. But don't lift him/her up; instead, kneel down and let your child climb onto your back.

Also, don't try to "entertain" your child (i.e., pretending to be a horse, etc.). Just walk from point A to point B and let the ride itself be the entertainment.

After doing this a few times, your child will begin to recognize your "piggyback mounting position" as an invitation for a ride.

Now you have a "tool" that's especially good for helping your child shift from one flow to another. Instead of saying, "Stop playing; it's time to go," you won't have to say anything — just assume the inviting position and your little rider will eagerly come on board!

(As you can see from the photo at, my kids and I really enjoy this mode of transportation!)

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Dear Scott,
I really appreciate these little practical ideas that you use to get through the day more joyfully. I just read this one tonight, and am delightedly thinking of working it into our daily routine! The theory stuff is interesting and mind-expanding, but these little gems rock!

PS: Am so looking forward to your talk here in Corvallis tomorrow!

Re: Going Along for the Ride

I am putting this into practise immediately. My kids already love piggy back rides. It is always so fun to follow the links embedded in current posts and end up at some timely piece of info or idea like this one. Thanks Scott!