We have all likely, at one point or another, told our child or children to “be good.”
I think that directive leaves things wide open for interpretation, and for small humans who haven’t had a lot of experience on the planet, is too broad of an expectation.
You will find that your child will do better if you give a clear set of guidelines for the situation or environment that you expect the right choices of behavior.
For example, “When we go to the grocery store today, I expect you to stay by the cart, not to grab things off the shelves, not to pester me for snacks, and to stand quietly in the checkout line.”
There are lots of situations and environments that have different sets of expectations. Libraries, religious services, Grandma’s house, playgrounds, stores, and many more. “Be good” means something different in each one of these. Help your child make the right choices by giving them clear and specific guidelines and expectations.
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