Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Broken record

"Follow directions."  I probably utter this phrase at least 20 times a day, yet somehow my five-year-old son just can't seem to do what I say.  I have tried punishing, but that doesn't work.  I also have tried a reward chart, but that doesn't work.  I know that Little T is filled with a ton of energy and has a short attention span, but nothing I say seems to make sense to him.  After digging online, I realized that 1.) I am (thankfully!) not alone, and 2.)  I need to stop repeating myself.  Further, I found "25 Ways to Talk So Children Will Listen," on the Dr. Sear's Web site. These tips seem very practical and useful.  Cheers to saving my breath!

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