Less is More!

Jan, 04, 2018
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Try using fewer words when giving instructions. We’ve all heard the phrase “less is more” yet many of us still have a tendency to over explain, issue lengthy instructions or get carried away when ‘telling off’.

The problem with using too many words is that much of what we say to our kids then gets ignored; they simple stop listening to us. Also they lose respect for us as we often end up saying things that we don’t mean: ‘if you don’t clean up now you will not go to….’, knowing full well that they will! Or, ‘you are so stupid, I cannot believe that..’, and then we end up feeling guilty and they just mirror our poor behaviour and ‘talk back’.

Here are some tricks to help:

  1. Grab a ‘Breather Minute’ before saying anything. STOP what you are about to say and take a deep breath!
  2. Think about what you will say and what you will not say. Rehearse it in your head: ‘Sam, pick up your shoes, please’, ‘Jen, you need to clean up your room’ etc.
  3. The hardest bit is to stop there, but don’t get carried away with: ‘you never do this!’ and ‘why do I have to say it all the time?’ and ‘I cannot believe that!’… all this just makes us angry and winds us up to a point where we can lose our temper completely!
  4. So say it once, explain why once and then just repeat what you have already said, using the same words in a calm but firm and low tone.
  5. If need to go, to, gentle ignoring: Walk away (or stay close by) – ignore the behaviour, not the child! As soon as the behaviour improves or the ‘negative’ behaviour weakness reengage with child straight away  – since sends a signal ‘I do want to be with YOU, but don’t want that BEHVAIOUR’. It’s so important to engage with child as soon as the ‘negative’ behaviour improve or weakness since that is the difference between : Ignoring the child > < ignoring the behaviour and Punishment > < teaching
    • Gentle ignoring shows that you are not ignoring the child but the behaviour and that you are willing to talk and engage when she has calmed down

    And remember that NOT being brief leaves room for doubt and negotiation!               From the ParentingSuccess Team

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