Set Challenging Expectations
“What do you expect?”
Set unrealistic expectations and your child may defy,
Set simple expectations to help your child get by.
But set challenging expectations appropriately high,
And you will watch your child Reach for the SKY!
Regarding the use of language by their child, parents often wonder, “What should I expect?” Expect what you know your child is capable of (plus just a tiny bit more!). Set reasonable, yet challenging expectations:
When you know your child is capable of gesturing to request, don’t fully respond to requests (for privileges) made with grunts or screams.
When you know your child is capable of verbalizing to request, “hold-out” and don’t fully respond to gestures.