How to Give Kids Effective Instructions
One major dilemma of parents is how to communicate effectively with their children. The Child Mind Institute offers ways to give instructions so that you will be heard, problem behavior will be minimized and your child will follow directions.
- Be direct.
- Avoid asking questions and make statements. “Please do your homework,” not “are you ready to do your homework?”
- Use clear and specific commands.
- Say, “please go start your reading assignment,” instead of “go ahead.”
- Be close.
- Avoid giving out instructions from afar and say it when you are near your child.
- Give age-appropriate instructions.
- Use simple words your child understands when they are young and avoid patronizing older children with “baby talk.”
- Give instructions one at a time.
- In order for you to get your message across, avoid a series of instructions especially for children who have attention issues.
- Keep explanations simple.
- Children will most likely follow directions when they are given a rationale why they need to. Ensure to keep it simple so the message is clear e.g. “It’s raining and I don’t want you to catch a cold. Go get your coat on.”
- Give kids time to process.
- Avoid repeating yourself after giving an instruction. Children learn to listen the first time rather than expect that the instruction will be repeated.
Original Article Link: https://childmind.org/article/how-to-give-kids-effective-instructions/