We often use this counting phrase

To get DD out the door

To make any trip an adventure

To encourage her to express excitement

We say ‘1-2-3…’ and DD finishes

Shouting cheerily and clearly her intention

How do you motivate yourself/family?

DD at Gyro Park
DD at Gyro Park, Victoria, BC - September 2010.

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22 Responses to “1-2-3…Go!”

  1. Sara

    I use “let’s go X” to gymnastics, play in the mud, to visit friends – anything better than standing around in the hallway πŸ˜‰

    • melgallant

      For some reason DD likes to bring her shoes into the kitchen and put them on there. So for us, it isn’t so much standing around in the hallway waiting to go as it is “standing around in the kitchen” – LOL. πŸ™‚

  2. iseeyoulookingatme

    Oh, Mel, she is GORGEOUS! And, I love that shirt!!

    • melgallant

      Caroline, I love that shirt too! She’s outgrown it now but it was an awesome consignment find. πŸ™‚

  3. Colleen

    We’re on a similar page today!
    “Last one is a stinky sock! Ready, set, GO!”

  4. ayala

    She is beautiful! πŸ™‚ nice!

  5. Melissa

    Mostly I just don’t go out. Cuts down on the need to motivate. (Kidding! Sort of! Mostly!)

  6. Brook @2bdancing

    We like a good “race” so I’ll say, ” I’m going to *whatever* faster than you” or something like that.

  7. Shawna

    I have run out of go, myself, and so it is a pleasure to see it so solidly in a moving, lovely, little girl.

  8. Jingle

    she is cute..keep going…

  9. Kristi

    I used to use this technique when my kids were little. Now if I say, 1….2…3….they reply “Bye”! lol That’s teenagers for you. I’m the only one “go-ing”!
    Really enjoyed this Mel! Great job!

  10. Tessa

    counting still works for us, but unfortunately it’s in a more threatening manner…”you have 10 seconds to do so and so….10, 9, 8,” etc.
    My boys are 5 and 10, and they inherited their mothers procrastination traits. ugh.

  11. cj Schlottman


    This is such a sweet post. It evokes memories of when my son was a toddler. Thanks for the memories……..cj


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