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The Art Of The Poker Face

The other day I was driving in the car with my two young sons. I was listening to one of my favorite pop culture talk radio stations and somewhere in their crazy conversation the word, “erotic” came up. Uh-huh, the word “erotic” while my young boys are in the car. I swear this was a mainstream radio station! First, I quickly turned the station. Second, I nonchalantly glanced in my rear-view mirror to look at their faces for any sort of reaction.

Nothing. Whew! That was close…


This is the art of the “poker face” when it comes to parenting! I was panicking inside wondering how in the world I was going to define the word, “erotic”; but on the outside, I was cool as a cucumber!

How many times have you had to put on your Poker Face?

OK, all of a sudden I’m singing Lada Gaga in my head…

Utilizing your poker face as a parent will come in handy often; and especially at bedtime when your 3-year-old is trying his best to be silly, get one more book, or throw a tantrum just to see if he can stay up 10 minutes longer.


When your toddler or preschooler starts to play these bedtime games, the best thing you can do is keep a straight face, stay focused on the task at hand, and guide them gently into bed. No laughing at their silliness, respectfully decline their book request, and don’t react to their kicking feet or screaming face. Move it right along into bed!

I would love to hear a time when you’ve had to use your poker face! Share below!

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