How to Secretly Teach the Behavior You Want
- “How can I help you, Mom?”
- “I can do that for you.
- “Oh, I got all the baby stuff out. I’ll put it away.”
- “Look! I learned how to look through the baby drawer without taking all the stuff out and throwing it on the ground. I found what I was looking for too.”
- “Yes, Mommy.” (One of the phrases I work hard to help my kids learn. Here’s a fun way to teach obedience with this phrase.)
- “What’s next Mommy?“
I also chalk the conversations full of our polite words: thank you, please, excuse me and sorry.
In these little moments, kids can be taught without you giving direct instruction through too many words. We all know that modeling the behavior you want is important. However, when you integrate it with play, it feels fun and can be super impactful.
It’s the perfect combination for kids and where they are at developmentally. Take the time to play and utilize those moments to your advantage. I know that life as a mom of littles gets really busy. It’s sometimes hard to slow down and be present and thoughtful in your interactions. Whether you are playing dolls, super heroes, house, or cars, there is always room for intentional teaching in the words use chose while you play.