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Phrase I (try to) say

I resisted to urge to look up my favourite parenting article bookmarks and quote them, and decided to write this list of phrases that I have found very helpful in my interactions with my nearly 17mo daughter on a day to day basis. I’ll link up some great blog posts from others another day, which will probably help to explain where some of these come from. 
  1. I can see that you are upset/frustrated/tired 
  2. Would you like me to help you? 
  3. You’re having so much fun/concentrating. Soon it will be time for …
  4. (shortly followed by) I think you would love to play at x for ages. It is now time for x.
  5. I need to finish what I’m doing, I’ll read/play/listen to you very soon/when x is done (a tangible conclusion – eg these plates are all in the drainer/the socks are put away).
  6. I can’t let you play with that, it’s hot/sharp/very special.
  7. Gentle hands please / I like it when you are gentle
  8. Yesterday/earlier we did that, and it was so much fun. This time we’re going to … instead.
  9. Rephrasing requests to provide a visual image of the required action such as ‘Walk slowly’ rather than ‘don’t run’ / ‘hands on your knees’ rather than ‘don’t touch x’. My favourite is “look with your eyes” – it helps us deflect inquisitive hands in so many situations, such as when things are precious/hot/poisonous/not ours! 
  10. I love to watch you … (play/run/discover/read.. endless options!)
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