Focus on Do

Written by Renee Koenig, Kewaunee County Family Engagement & Relationships Extension Educator.

By highlighting what children are allowed to do, adults encourage children’s positive behavior. Toddlers struggle to imagine opposites so when told not to do something may have a hard time selecting another behavior. By framing statements in a positive way, adults help toddlers imagine better choices.

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Markham, L. (2012). Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids. United States: Penguin Books
Shure, M. (2016). Thinking Parent, Thinking Child (2nd ed.). United States: Research Press