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The use of POSITIVE LANGUAGE with YOUNG CHILDREN

Posted 2017-08-22 12:31:14 by vernus
The use of POSITIVE LANGUAGE with YOUNG CHILDREN

For every one of us that has a child in our care whether it is us as teachers, parents, nannies or caregivers it is important to use positive language with each child rather than negative language, example:

“Don’t pick your nose” use “Would you wipe your nose with this tissue”

“Stop running!” use “Can we use our walking feet please”

“That is very bold/naughty” use “That’s not very nice, is it? (Explain why the behaviour is not nice).

The use of positive language will give children a sense of achievement and doing right rather than feelings of guilt or not being able to do something correctly. Hence why I think it is important to put a positive aspect on everything even when we are speaking to and correcting children. We all know it can get a little frustrating at times but the important thing to remember is to stay as calm and positive as possible.

Anyone who is caring for a child is a teacher and role model for that child. They learn from us adults and they pick up everything, they are like little sponges soaking up knowledge!

 

It is also important to explain to a child why their actions are either not nice, safe, appropriate ect. That way they are actually learning a lesson. For me I think it is also important when speaking with a child you should always come to down to their eye level. An adult towering over a child can be very intimidating. A child will respond much quicker when you are down at their eye level. It also makes you as a caregiver much more approachable in times of worry or need with the child.

Young children are amazing blank canvasses ready to be inspired, ready to learn, ready to listen. So make sure when you are saying something to a child that it leaves them with memories of positive effect not negative. Watch them flourish in front of you.


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