These are the questions/things I’m trying to remember every time one of my kids is pushing my buttons:
1- Is the child overtired, hungry, overstimulated, bursting with energy, bored?
2- Am I changing directions too quickly? (Has a previously acceptable behavior reached my tipping point of annoying?)
3- Who has the child spent the day with?
4- Have I given the child something more acceptable to do/say?
5- Is the child copying behavior? (mine/dad’s/gramma’s/grampa’s/brother’s/TV’s?
6- Has the child heard what I said or is he distracted/not clear that I’m talking to him/zoned out because of too many words or me speaking too fast?
7- Have I tried to get eye contact and get down to his level?
8- Have I tried engaging him in the conversation or am I talking at him?
What’s on your checklist? I’m sure I’m forgetting some things but wanted to jot these down before I forgot.
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