Ed demonstrates the power of suggestion:
This one takes a lot of discipline, but pays off.
I was watching and old spaghetti western and saw the cowboy jump from his horse and place the reins on the ground. The horse knows not to move from that spot.
I decided to try and teach my son the same trick. I picked out a knot hole on the living room coffee table and instructed him to put his finger on the spot. I told him it was very important, and that he was not allowed to talk or move around until I released him. He learned quickly, and treats were always part of the learning process.
One day while checking out at our local grocery store, Joshua was a bit fidgety as I was trying to pay for the groceries. I located a screw on the side of the counter and told him to put his finger on it and don’t move.
Josh did as instructed to the awe of everyone watching. I then said the magic word “release” and he walked out the store with me knowing there was an ice cream in his future.