Boom Boom Pow = Shut The Front Door


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Animals, Parenting, Teaching, Work | Posted on 27-01-2013

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Ringtones. They are brilliant.

My boss has her own ringtone. It’s Boom Boom Pow by The Black-Eyed Peas.

And whenever my phone rings–Gotta get-get, gotta get-get–my kids know they had better: Shut. The. Front. Door.

I work out of my home office most of the time.

I also have loud children.

So, it’s been kinda like Pavlov’s “classical conditioning” and his dogs.

Ivan Pavlov was a Russian physiologist who was known for his famous experiments. He presented dogs with a ringing bell followed by food. Every time a bell would ring, the dogs would salivate and then they would get fed. After much conditioning, the dogs learned to respond with saliva every time they heard the bell.

Pavlov = Pippi

Dogs = kids

Bell = Boom Boom Pow ringtone

Salivating dogs = quiet kids

Treat = treat

…and it worked.


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Comments (6)

That’s funny! And good to know. The more WAH stuff I pick up the more I realize I need to adopt some kind of system like this…

The only time my kids are quiet are when my boss calls and when I’m on the elliptical. These are cues to: Leave. Me. Alone.

WAH is awesome but it also has its challenges.

Good luck!

That’s hysterical! You should have a ringtone for them when it’s dinner time, homework time, bed time!!

OK, you are genius. You are taking Pavlov to the next level!


OMG We need to talk! I’ve apparently trained my kids to do the opposite! As soon as the phone rings they’re on me like white on rice! So irritating I actually end up RUNNING. FROM THEM to take an important phone call. Ugh!

It might be the death stare I give them along with the ringtone (you know, the stink eye + pursed lips + the snapping for them to be shut up)? 🙂

It’s not every call, but the one important call, they seem to listen. Whew!

Good luck!

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