"Giving Directions: What Would You Do?" Activity Scenario 2

Giving Directions

You give a direction, but your child seems to not to hear you and keeps on playing.


Letter A

You say your child's name in a loud, stern voice.

Saying your child's name loudly may get your child's attention, but you also need to repeat the direction. Try another choice.

Letter B

You yell, "Tommy, put your toy away!"

This strategy may get your child's attention. But, it could teach your child to only pay attention to you and follow directions when you yell. Try another choice.

Letter C

You bend down and get your child to look at you and say, "It's time for dinner. Please put away the fire truck."

Good choice! You made sure you had your child's attention, and you told him exactly what to do. You also showed your child how to be polite and respectful. Watch this clip to hear an expert talk about keys to consider in giving directions.

Page last reviewed: November 5, 2019