Magazine article Work & Family Life

Helpful Ways to Motivate Preschoolers

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Helpful Ways to Motivate Preschoolers

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How do you motivate a young child to do what you ask him or her to do-without blaming, shaming or punishing? Getting Your Child From NO to YES, by Jerry Wyckoff, Ph.D. and Barbara Unell, offers peaceful ways to get kids to cooperate without a power struggle and is an effective resource for common parenting situations.

The authors' approach is unique. Each chapter focuses on a common request made by parents and typical reactions from toddlers and preschoolers (It's time to go to bed. It's time to turn off the TV.} There's a brief overview of the developmental circumstance surrounding the situation and suggestions for clear, sensible strategies to prevent or handle each issue.

The "Self-Talk" section in each chapter includes the words you say (or think) to yourself that determine your attitude toward events-that little voice in your head that labels an event as an insurmountable problem or an opportunity to help your child learn an important skill. …

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