Children often unconsciously reflect the image that parents project upon them, so make sure that whatever label you choose to apply to your child, it is a positive one. Instead of responding to a complaint of boredom with, "You're driving me crazy, find something to keep yourself busy", opt for a more encouraging directive: "You've always been such a great artists. Why don't you try coloring or drawing for a few minutes?"
If your children are playing with toys and sets that have dozens of tiny pieces or parts, use a cookie sheet as a sort of place mat. The raised edges will prevent small pieces from being scattered around and lost forever. And clean-up is simple: just tilt the cookie sheet and pour everything back into its box or container.
By setting firm, yet positive, boundaries and rules for your children you can avoid a lot of family discord and everyone will get along better. "Touch gently" puts a positive spin on a rule that prohibits hitting.
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