Toddlers cannot handle too many tasks at once, so when assigning one, it should be reasonable for them. It should be something they can complete in a very short time, since their attention span is still rather short. Give a two year old a two minute or a two step task. Give a three year old a three minute or a three step task. Make sure you share this strategy with your Au Pair or other caregiver so that everyone who deals with your child is consistent.
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Tip #6: Give realistic instructions.
“If you tell a 2-year-old to put his toys away, he looks around the room and says, ‘Sheesh!'” says Leiderman. “Give him realistic tasks, like ‘Let’s put the yellow blocks away.’ Then you can make it into play: ‘Good, now let’s put the blue blocks away.'”