Basic Steps of Instructing Young Children

  1. Come near to your childboy angry
  2. Sit on eye-level
  3. Get his/her attention before saying something (e.g. call name)
  4. Use positive words (do instead of don’t)
  5. Make your facial expression match your verbal expression
  6. Use body movement to clarify the message/instruction (e.g. pointing).

When the Child does not respond:

  • Call his/her name again (a bit firmer without screaming)
  • Repeat the instruction (a bit firmer without screaming)

When the Child does not do as you say:

  • State the consequence (e.g. if you don’t put the toys in the cupboard, I will put them in my room and you won’t be able to get them out when you want).
  • Give another chance by repeating the instruction.

When the Child does not do as you say:

  • Perform consequence

Note: Young children naturally explore boundaries. So it’s normal for children to at times challenge them. Setting reasonable consequences and carrying them out however teaches them that you’re serious about your rules/boundaries and will eventually lead them to abide by them.

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