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"Giving Directions: What Would You Do?" Activity Scenario 4

Giving Directions

Your child follows your direction to put the toy away, but he stomps across the room and throws the truck in the toy box.


Letter A

You yell at your child to sit down at the table.

It's easy to get frustrated when your child has a bad attitude. Stay calm and focus on the positive. The toy is in the toy box and you are ready to eat. If you yell, you teach your child that yelling is an okay way to vent frustration. Try another choice.

Letter B

You ignore the bad attitude, and say, "Thank you for putting the toy away."

Good choice! It's okay to ignore a bad attitude and focus on the positive behavior. When you have a calm response, you teach your child how to handle frustration appropriately. Watch this clip to see a mom ignoring her child’s attitude and making sure he follows her direction.

Letter C

You tell your child, "Don't stomp your feet and don't throw toys!"

Your child is probably just showing frustration because he had to stop playing with a fun toy. Next time when you give the direction, you could ask your child to put his toy away quietly. Remember you want to show your child how he should handle frustrating situations. Try another choice.