|My happy trio: Isaac, Shawna & Asher | Circa April 2012|
Here's a list of what I usually say to the kidzes as opposed to their commonly used alternatives.
SAY: Please be a good boy.
NOT: Don't be naughty!
SAY: Please be polite. / That's not polite.
NOT: Don't be rude! / That's rude!
SAY: Please speak softly.
NOT: Don't be so loud!
SAY: Be gentle, please.
NOT: Don't be so rough!
SAY: That's not nice.
NOT: That's horrible!
SAY: Please move aside.
NOT: Go away!
Just keep talking like that and soon it'd become second nature and you won't even notice it. In fact, it comes naturally to me now, such that, there're more examples but I can't think of it at the moment. Thus, I'd add on to this post, as and when it occurs to me.
Meanwhile, tell me, what other positive phrases do YOU use? Add to my list, please! :)
SAY: Please brush your teeth if you want them to look nice and feel clean.
NOT: You better brush your teeth, if not, they will all rot until black black and drop out!
(reminded by June Yong :p Thanks!)
SAY: Please come over and wear your shoes. Please hurry, we're running late and Grandpa doesn't like to wait.
NOT: Wear your shoes NOW! FASTER! Late already!! You don't wear now, I'm going to leave without you!
(reminded by Lyndis Lee :p Thanks!)
SAY: Please don't climb. Please come down. I want you to be safe. I don't want you to get hurt. Would you like me to read you a book? (or something - to distract the kid)
NOT: Don't climb! You want to fall down and break your head, is it?!
(reminded by NerdyMum :p Thanks!)