With DS1 I tell him what he CAN do with animals rather than what he can't do. E.g. he can pat them gently. I still have to tell him not to chase them sometimes but it works better when I say "stop chasing the cat, he doesn't like it and you are scaring him. He won't play with you if you scare him" instead of just telling him to stop. Then I usually redirect him to do something else.
I also agree with pp about getting her to feed the cat in the morning. Perhaps measure it out the night before so she doesn't overfeed it but it might make her think of the cat differently.
The running is a bit harder because she is probably doing it when she is excited. If she does it a lot I would tell her every time that she has to go back where she came from and walk slowly. Eventually she will get sick of having to go back and hopefully stop running.
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10-02-2013 10:39 #11
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10-02-2013 11:36 #12
I second 123 Magic. The biggest thing I got from 123 Magic was to stop all the explaining. They get it. They know what they're doing is wrong, and they know why. A 5 year old will definitely understand why you have to be careful with cats, and not run in the house. You can explain it till the cows come home, but it's not changing her behaviour. So explain it once and from then on it's just a given that it's not acceptable behaviour. Then follow through with the consequences- every single time. Not, "if you hurt the cat you'll have to move away from her to another room"- actually do it, because she'll know that she'll just keep getting warnings and no consequences.
10-02-2013 11:56 #13
How do you make your child stop..
I third 1,2,3 magic. I've just started it with our 2 year old. She gets it ! Way better than explaining and trying to get them to apologise. I'm still reading the book and its great! If you have an iPhone / iPad it's $10 on iBooks
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