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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">A Short Parenting Tip<br>
December 6, 2004<br><br>
The Way You Give Instructions<br><br>
If you're experiencing resistance from your child when you give an instruction,<br>
you may find that using different words will bring a more positive response.<br>
Proverbs 15:1 says "a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up<br>
anger."<br><br>
Look for ways to communicate that will encourage a positive response. We<br>
recommend that you make a statement about your goal or objective before you give<br>
the instruction. "Emily, I'm trying to get things cleaned up before Dad gets<br>
home. Would you please pick up your books, shoes, and backpack in the living<br>
room?" The statement before the instruction gives children a little more<br>
information and can help them feel they're part of a team.<br><br>
The older the child, the more the explanation is helpful, and not just for the<br>
purpose of showing value to the child. Older children are developing their own<br>
convictions and need to understand more reasons and guidelines behind rules and<br>
instructions.</td>
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This is part of a parenting tip I got in my email today. It's such good advice, especially in GD.
 

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That's great advice! I will start applying it today!<br>
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Do you think it will work for a 2-year old?<br><br>
When he doesn't want to pick up something he's dropped or thrown?<br><br>
When he won't wear a sweater outside when it's cold?<br><br>
He's driving me to my wits' end sometimes.
 
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