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Your choice of words may be harming your child

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Your choice of words may be harming your child

Written by Robin Booth

Avoid these words below as they hamper your child's language development.

Of course you want the best for your child! And I know you don't want to see a look like this picture above on your child's face.

But your choice of words may be doing more harm than good. So I am going to share with you how you can change that with the following simple skil.

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When you find yourself saying anything in the negative, search for what you are actually wanting them to do.

It is easier for us to focus on what we need to do, than to focus on what we are not supposed to be doing.

Here are some examples of everyday situations that are taken from our workshop session on the 'Alternatvies to saying NO'.

Instead of: Share the positive of what you need
Don’t run inside. We walk inside
Don’t throw balls inside. We hold balls inside. Throwing balls is for outside.
Don’t splash water in the bath. Water needs to stay in the bath.
Don’t tell lies. We tell the truth. We are honest with each other
Don’t hit your brother. We treat each other respectfully
Don’t rock your chair. Chairs need to stay firm on the ground.
Don’t swear at me. We say respectful words to each other.
Don’t shout. Inside voices please.
Don’t smack the dog. We treat dogs respectfully.

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Instead of:

Share the positive of what you need

 

 

Don’t run inside.

We walk inside

Don’t throw balls inside.

We hold balls inside. Throwing balls is for outside.

Don’t splash water in the bath.

Water needs to stay in the bath.

Water stays in the  bath please.

Don’t tell lies.

We tell the truth

We are honest with each other

Don’t hit your brother.

We treat each other respectfully

We treat each other's bodies appropriately.

Don’t rock your chair.

Chairs need to stay firm on the ground.

Don’t swear at me.

We say respectful words to each other.

We use appropriate words when talking with each other.

Don’t shout.

Inside voices please.

Please tell me in an appropriate voice

Don’t smack the dog.

We treat dogs respectfully.

We pat dogs appropriately.

Don’t bring sand into the house.

Sand needs to stay outside.


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