One of the best ways of reducing, if not stopping, challenging behaviours and increasing adherence to parental requests is to give clear instructions to children. Most of the time, parents assume that they have given crystal clear instructions to their children when in fact the instructions are often vague or too complex. Giving instructions to children is a skill and requires practice.
In this article, we will cover tips to remember while giving instructions to children.
A book by Sandra Rief, How To Reach And Teach Children with ADD / ADHD, Practical Techniques, Strategies, and Interventions, covers tips and strategies that will help parents increase compliance to their requests. Although this book is focused on ADD/ ADHD children, these strategies will surely help parents of all children give effective instructions.
Children are rarely disobedient because they want to make things difficult for you. Most of the time, children do not understand what is expected of them. Giving clear instructions is one way of letting them know what to do instead of what to avoid. It helps children focus and helps them follow through with parental requests.
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