Carpenters have hammers. Runway models have double-sided tape. Proctologists have Vaseline. Boss Parents have go-to phrases for managing child behavior.
I didn’t come up with the useful phrases below. They’re things I’ve picked up over the years by observing many brilliant teachers and parents in many different schools.
I’m grateful for these tools, which I use regularly to communicate with children, because they work. I’ve shared them with friends and clients to reduce bickering, nagging, and pestering, and to support children in choosing appropriate, safe behaviors. Now I’d like to share them with you.