Sometimes a slight tweak in wording is all it takes to get kids to listen (and comply). Here’s Misty’s:
My goal in stores is to keep breakable things unbroken by my children. They are ages 1, 2, and 3. Our most successful maneuver goes something like this: "*Jenny*, look at your hand! Tell your hand not to touch those glasses. Great! Great! Don’t forget to tell your hand good job!" This technique has worked for wandering kids too — we ask them to tell their feet what to do (stop, go, pick a square to stand on) and where to go. The key seems to be to have the kids focus on the body part in question.
A slight variation works at bedtime. The old "Don’t get out of bed!" never got us very far so we found an improv that seems to hold some sort of magic. Tried and true, "Keep your head on your pillow" is frequently a winner. Don’t know why or how, and don’t care! And with that, good night!
Technorati Tags: Parenting