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Signing With Babies And Children: Silently Disciplining

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Silently Disciplining

It was about that time of the season... to go get my two boys' haircut. We made it a family affair, so as I was inside with the my second oldest son (four years old) getting his haircut, my oldest (six years old) was outside with his daddy.

There was plenty to do outside the salon windows (where I had a view from looking inside out) including a huge pond of orange fish to check out, but he chose to come put his face right close to the window pane to make silly faces at his younger brother instead.

It was adorable at first until I saw that tongue start to make it's way to the glass. I immediately resorted to signing "dirty" when my brain realized that that was the only way I could quietly and discretely do my best to shout out to my son that "hey, this is a public place, and that is not what I particularly want other's watching my son do"... without literally alarming the whole room of ladies whom were getting their hair done.

He looked at me with temptation still in his eyes, so I went on to sign "play" and "fish." He turned away and went towards the pond with a smile.

I'm grateful for the ability to communicate with my children especially when it can be done silently and still be effective (effective for every one including those getting their hair done).

Written by Shawna Tran:

1 comment:

SignShine said...

Isn't that a dream of every parent? Having a smooth and EFFECTIVE disciplin moment.
I will keep in in mind our next outing.
Thank you,
Let the Sign Shine!

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