This week’s WOW! Word: SCAMPER

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A WOW! Word™ is any word that, when used by a child in conversation, causes the listener to sit up and take notice. That’s positive attention, mind you. Positive attention that generally includes the verbal response, “Wow!”

It’s true. WOW! Words invite children––regardless of natural or learned language abilities––to be confident and powerful talkers, talkers who hold their listeners’ attention.

To introduce a new WOW! Word, merely begin using the word and any of its forms––available, availability––often and every day. Look for opportunities to use the WOW! Word in daily conversations for a week or more. Then continue using the word as you add to your ever-growing collection of WOW! Words.

It’s noteworthy when your infant shows she understands words like bye-byemommy, or daddy. So too, you’ll notice her understanding of each new WOW! Word. And when she begins to lead those conversations, she’ll just naturally use every kind of word you’ve been modeling for her.

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Ask Babs: On Hurtful Biting

Q: My toddler was just two and suddenly started biting during play dates. What can I do?

A: Thank you for asking a question that’s in sync with my ongoing guest blog series. I share this poetic response with you. I trust these poetic words, along with the first four segments of my series on biting and the dozens of parent comments (See Part one , part two, and Part three here).

On Hurtful Biting

(and Other Such Behaviors)

Copyright © 2015 Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz

It’s helpful to find some simple rhythmic words that not only capture a frustrated toddler’s attention, but also provide useful language and knowledge toddlers want to learn. Repeat any of the following ditties over time until the toddler can say the words. Notice how, with the change of one or two words, most of these ditties can apply to any of a number of hurtful behaviors exhibited by a frustrated toddler or preschooler.

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This week’s WOW! Word: Fascinating 

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This week’s WOW! Word: MANAGE

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WOW! Word™ of the Week: ATTEMPT

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Ask Babs- Cooperation during the ”Morning Rush”

Q: How can I help my toddlers cooperate when getting dressed in the mornings?

A: Cooperation from a toddler? ‘Tis a tall order. Fact is, this getting-dressed stuff is all about a parent’s need for task completion on a timetable. Unlike a parent, a toddler has zero respect for time and even less for any time-driven task that’s chosen by another.

Each new morning to a well-rested toddler represents an all-new opportunity to meet a developmental need for adventure! No patience for standing still for such silliness, like dressing. Toddler is all about the busy-busy business of exploring the environment, the busy-busy business of learning language and knowledge. You have interrupted Toddler’s busy-busy business!

But, you say, you need to stay on task, on schedule. What we have here is opposing needs and opposing feelings––elements for a perfect storm. So, how can you avoid that needs-and-feelings clash? How can you gain a little or a lot of cooperation?

This is the time––no pun intended––for you, the parent, to behave. Yes, behave. Behave because you have advance notice that there’s a riot in the making. How will you behave? Let’s see. There are several scenarios, all of which tend to take on one or the other of these looks:

• Riotous Ruckus™
You can use your increasingly-louder voice to present impatience, insistence, demands, anger, bribery, threats, or all of the above. As your needy behavior escalates, your needy toddler’s behavior is likely to follow suit. Each of you has feelings of disappointment and anxiety as your need gets disrupted. Yes. You, your child’s adult model, have invited a Riotous Ruckus.

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The Verbs Game™

Let’s play The Verbs Game™ with your child of any age today. This talking game is a good way to build your child’s oral language or storehouse of vocabulary and knowledge. You can even talk this activity with an infant. And it’s another free activity you can do with your child anywhere you are. Here’s how:

First off, let’s remind ourselves that a verb is an action word. Talk to your child, emphasizing the action word (verb) just as you emphasize the naming word (noun) when you play The Nouns Game™:

run

We walk

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WOW! Word of the week: CONFIDENT

boy-791362_1280Use the word in sentences, such as:

  1. You seem confident that you’d prefer this book.
  2. I saw how confidently you sorted the blocks by color.
  3. I’m confident you can do this all by yourself.
  4. Did you notice that baby’s confidence about the drink she wanted?
  5. Are you confident that jacket will keep you warm?

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WOW! Word™ of the Week: DEFINITELY

girl-403511_1280This week’s WOW! Word: definitely 

Use the word in sentences, such as:

  1. This is definitely a fun playground!
  2. You definitely like those berries!
  3. We definitely had fun today.
  4. This is definitely my favorite shirt.
  5. Your blankie definitely smells good, doesn’t it?

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Ask Babs: Handling ‘Whine Time’

Q: How do I not let whining bother me?

A: Close your ears? Sorry, I couldn’t resist that smart-alecky remark. Okay, let’s get down to some serious thinking on this frequently-asked-or-wish-we-had-asked query coming out of a real quandary nearly all we parents face at one time or another.

Fact: We adore our children, but we don’t adore a few of their behaviors. And one of those is best called Whine Time. But why do kids whine?

Turn it around to take a look at what you’d do if you were your child. In truth, wouldn’t you do some Whine Time if you wanted something and it wasn’t forthcoming? And what if you were dependent on another person, and you were within the seeing-hearing vicinity of that very person? Wouldn’t you engage in some Whine Time?

Furthermore, wouldn’t you reason that Whine Time just might get that person’s attention, especially since you’ve noticed how much your Whine-Time behavior bothers that person? And wouldn’t you ramp up your Whine Time sounds if you were tired or hungry or bored at the very same time when you want something that’s not forthcoming?

Those are a host of “if’s” in considering your whining. So what if we were to transfer all those conditions onto your child’s whining in order to ask and answer some questions about the last time your child’s whining bothered you. Let’s do it!

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