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Stop Problems Before They Start

Did You Know...

Children often have a hard time going from one activity to another or

doing things they don't want to do.

Plan ahead to avoid tantrums or problems. Here's how:

  • Warn them ahead of time. Say something like "We have to leave the playground in five minutes. What is the last thing you want to do?" or carry a small timer with you. Let your child help set it to five minutes and put it his/her pocket so he/she can be ready when it's time to go.

  • Make tasks fun. For example, set a time for ten minutes and say something like "I bet you can't pick up all your toys before the timer goes off."

  • Create routines for events that happen over and over, such as waking up. Then you ask your child things like "What is the next thing we do after we get dressed?"

  • Cut off arguments. When you argue with them they think they might get what they want. Say something like "We're done talking about it. You can do what I asked or spend the next give minute in your room getting ready to do it. What would you like to do?"