TOOL NUM­BER 1:

De­scribe what you see

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Cool Compliments -

Re­sist the im­pulse to eval­u­ate and in­stead sim­ply de­scribe what you see, hear, or no­tice. In­stead of ‘That’s a beau­ti­ful pic­ture,’ try ‘I see green lines that are zoom­ing up and down the page. And look how they con­nect all those red shapes’. In­stead of ‘Good job’ try ‘I see you picked up all the cars and all the books, and you even picked up all the build­ing blocks! That was a big job’. In­stead of ‘Well done, you did what you were told to do!’, try say­ing, ‘You put your coat on as soon as you heard it was time to go home’. Or if you’re not in the mood for a lot of words, you can sim­ply say, ‘You did it!’. All of these state­ments let your child know that you no­ticed and ap­pre­ci­ated some­thing he did.

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