My photographer friend was running a Valentines portrait session so I figured we’d sign up Toddler and get some cutesy photos for my scrapbook. Thank God she’s used to photographing children as this was near disaster.
The exchange went like this:
Photographer: Please let me take your picture.
Toddler: No thank you. (he learned that in pre-school, we don’t claim to instilled such manners.)
Photographer: you are so polite! Will you hold this heart shape pillow for the photo?
Toddler: No thank you.
So this exchange goes on and on while clawing him off her furniture, trying to bribe, persuade, threaten, etc. to take his picture and be still for two seconds. The child who has never touched a lego at our house becomes obsessed with her daughter's legos. Then, we did the following charade that worked like a charm:
Me: Whatever you do NOT touch the heart pillow. Don’t touch it.
Toddler: (Looks at it and pauses.)
Husband: Seriously, don’t touch that pillow, don’t touch it!
Toddler: (sticks finger out as if to mock touch it)
Photographer: Don’t hug the pillow, don’t squeeze it.
Toddler: (delicately touches the pillow with what are you going to do expression)
Husband: (trying not to die laughing)
Me: Oh my! You touched the pillow!!!!!
Photographer: (snap, snap)
Voila. Valentine picture using reverse psychology.
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