Place a Flashlight instead of a candle inside of a carved pumpkin for safety.
Delegate when there are several jobs to be done. Enlist the help of children by giving them a choice. For example: to the first child: Do you want to sweep the floor or would you rather water the plants? To the next child: Would you rather water the plants or vacuum the rug? (Jane Kolf)
Distract small children when they are arguing or when they are “into” something they shouldn’t be. For example: Child is crying because big sister is playing with a friend; say “Honey, I need your help in the kitchen to stir the cake I’m baking.” When a small child is touching the television; try, “Honey, I haven’t seen the new book you got at the library. Could you bring it to me?” (Mary Calis)
When children are having a difficult time following your directions or listening to you, tell them to “Look at my face” or use “Focus” as a buzz word. (Mary Beth Schepis)
Try Again! When children speak rudely or impolitely, say “Let’s try that again.” Children learn and have a chance to practice speaking politely.
Encouragement: A publication by Angela DiCicco and Gail Signor