Here is another great tip to help you and your Au Pair or other caregiver handle the terrible twos.
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Tip #2: Be clear.
State your message clearly, simply, and authoritatively. Your child will zone out if you harp on a topic too long. It’s hard to find the point of a wordy message such as “It’s really cold outside, and you’ve been sick lately, so I want you to put on your sweater before we go to the store.” On the other hand, “It’s time to get your sweater” is unmistakable. And don’t phrase something as a question if your child doesn’t actually have a choice. “It’s time to climb into your car seat” has a lot more impact than “Come climb into your car seat, okay, honey?”
I love this one. Be simple in your words. Be clear. Don’t give choices if there are none.