Sometimes, with out even realizing it, we can start to sound like broken records to our kids...often saying the same exact thing 50 times a day, every day. Get up, brush your hair, put on your shoes, don't touch your brother, calm down, eat your vegetables, clean your room, hang your towel up, leave the dog alone, do your homework, etc. etc. etc! The list goes on and on right? While this may seem like an absolutely unavoidable list of commands that all parents NEED to give, it's actually possible to change it up and speak with our kids much differently. In ways that catch their attention, make them smile, encourage critical thinking, and increase cooperation.
In the Redirecting Children's Class, we learn to pay attention to the WAY we speak to our kids. After learning to listen to ourselves, we then start practicing using questions (instead of commands), which causes children to use their critical thinking skills and feel empowered, and to also get creative with our requests. A few of my favorites are "Kids, you wanna fly like pelicans up the stairs or crawl like turtles to the bath", or "It's time to leave soon, do you want to leave now? Or stay and play for five minutes, then hop in the car?". It makes so much difference when we change up delivery. Kids love it and change feels so good, both when we deliver it AND our kids react differently!
Join me for my next Redirecting Children's Behavior Class starting either Oct. 8th (Aspirations School of Learning) or Jan. 15th (Playwerx). Hope to see you there! --
Wendy Snyder ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Fresh Start Parenting 619-379-9379 FreshStartParentingRCB.com FreshStartParentingRCB@gmail.com
*"Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way!! ~Dr. Seuss"*