Stop Start
Give clear “stop and start” instructions.

Begin by stating what they need to stop doing. Follow it up with what they need to start doing.

“Stop making so much noise with your toy. Please play in the other room.”

Use a calm, emotionless voice. Remember, raised voices or high energy reactions can actually escalate the situation and create an unintended reward for a child.

A Few

  • Use an even and calm tone.
  • Don’t accidentally make it an exciting moment.
  • Make it short and simple.
  • Don’t say it as a question. (Can you stop making so much noise?) Young children will think they have a choice.