Teaching Your Child Patience

How to Encourage Waiting Before you get upset with your toddler’s impatience, remember that your child isn’t emotionally or socially ready to understand the concept of waiting. Use the following tips to prevent your two-year-old child from screaming every time he/she has to wait: First/Then language can help prepare your child that he or she might not get what they …

Teaching a Child to Take Turns

Opening the front door, pulling the plug in the bathtub, washing hands for dinner, turning the television off, having the blue cup, getting to cuddle with Daddy… these are just a few of the daily turn taking events that require intense intervention and cajoling in my household. Once certain suggestions are made and the idea that one might get something …

Teaching Please and Thank You and Encouraging Good Manners

Teaching good manners should begin in the toddler years, as soon as children learn to speak and begin to learn how to socially interact in their world. Toddlers learn well through a combination of having their parents model good manners and the use of repetition and praise. Teaching manners in the toddler and preschool years and reinforcing their use will …

Q&A: My Child Often Wants to Leave Social Situations

My son is 19 months old and enjoys being around people for a short period of time. After about 45 minutes, he has had enough. Even if I am around this happens. I am a Sunday school teacher and I find it hard to leave him for longer than 45 minutes. He also does this when we have people over …