Getting your toddler to listen, part five

This tip is helpful for all kids, and even some husbands! Give advance warning of what is to come so that everyone knows what to expect. That doesn’t mean you need to give the child a blow by blow of what is about to happen, but it is a good idea to give a general overview of what the day will be like or to let people know when a transition in the household is about to happen. Help your Au Pair or other caregiver to let your child know in advance when transitioning between activities or locations, and even include a timeframe. I like to give my kids a 15 minute warning and then a 5 minute warning when I am able.

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Tip #5:   Give warnings.
Give your child some advance notice before a big change will take place, especially if she’s happily involved with toys or a friend. Before you’re ready to leave the house, tell her, “We’re going to leave in a few minutes. When I call you, it’s time to come out of the sandbox and wash your hands.”



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