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* 23 Children (p.1 of 2)

 

23.1   When you meet with a child

 

What's your name?   Listen   <“Hello, young lady. What’s your name?”>

How are you today?   Listen   <“Hello, young man. How are you today?”>

How old are you?   Listen   < – “I am five.”>

Do you go to school yet?   Listen   < – “No, I don’t.”>

How many years till you're in school?   Listen   < – “I will go to school in two years.”>

What grade are you in?   Listen   < – “I am in the second grade.”>

How do you like school?   Listen   < – “I hate it.”>

What's your favorite subject in school?   Listen   < – “My favorite subject is math.”>

Do you have brothers or sisters?   Listen   < – “I have both brothers and sisters.”>

How many brothers and sisters do you have?   Listen   < – “I have two brothers and two sisters.”>

Have you been a good boy?   Listen   < – “I think I have.”>

Are you being a good girl?   Listen   < – “Yes. Mommy says that I’m a good girl.”>

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23.2   When a child grows quickly

 

You're growing so tall!   Listen   <“We have to buy you a new dress. You are growing so tall!”>

You're turning into a little gentleman!   Listen   <“Bobby, I haven’t seen you for a few years. How time flies! You are turning into a little gentleman!”>

You're turning into a little lady!   Listen   <“Betty, I saw you last time when you were in the kindergarten. Now, you are turning into a little lady.”>

You've gotten so big!   Listen   <“Look at you, young man. You’ve gotten so big!”>

What a big girl!   Listen   <“Wow, Judy! Is that you? What a big girl! How old are you now?”>

Oh, my! Haven't you grown!   Listen   <“Oh, my! Haven’t you grown! I wouldn’t recognize you if I met you in the street.”>

How time flies!   Listen   A “Time passes quickly, children grow fast.”   <“I remember Johnny as a little boy. Now he’s a young man.” – “Yes, he is. How time flies!”>

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23.3   When you praise a little child

 

Good boy!   Listen   <“Billy, I’m glad you did what I asked. Now your toys are all in one box. Good boy!”>

Good girl!   Listen   <“Betsy, your room looks so tidy now. Good girl! >

You're a good little boy!   Listen   <“Thank you for helping your grandmother. You are a good little boy!”>

You're a good little girl!   Listen   <“Oh, my darling! Thank you for the flowers. They are making your grandmother feel better. You are a good little girl!”>

Big boy!   Listen   <“Wow, you can stand all by yourself now! Big boy!”>

What a big girl!   Listen   <“Sweetheart, you can walk all by yourself! What a big girl!”>

Mommy's proud of you.   Listen   <“Johnny, thank you for bringing me house slippers. Mommy is proud of you.”>

I'm so proud of you!   Listen   <“Your kindergarten teacher called me today to tell me how smart you are. I am so proud of you!”>

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23.4   When you instruct a child about personal safety

 

Don't talk to strangers.   Listen   <“Patty, walk directly to the school. Stay on the sidewalk. Don’t talk to strangers.”>

Don't take candy from anybody you don't know.   Listen   <“Lucy, remember what mommy tells you. Don’t take candy from anybody you don’t know.”>

Don't open the door to strangers.   Listen   <“Andy, mommy will be back home in a couple of hours. Don’t open the door to strangers.”>

Never get into a car with a stranger.   Listen   <“Katie, you’re a smart, charming little girl, and everybody loves you. But, never get into a car with a stranger.”>

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23.5   When you give a child a direct order

 

Do as I tell you.   Listen   <“Jerry, how many times do I need to tell you? Pick up your toys. Say good-bye to the other children. We are going home. Do as I tell you.”>

Do what I tell you.   Listen   <“Alice, tidy up your room. Do what I tell you.”>

Do as I say.   Listen   <“Kelly, wash your hands and face with soap. Do as I say.”>

Do as you're told.   Listen   <“Mary, get out of the swimming pool. Do as you are told.”>

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23.6   When you warn a child in the kitchen

 

Don't eat candy, you'll spoil your dinner.   Listen   <“Sit down at the table, food is ready. Don’t eat candy, you’ll spoil your dinner.”>

Watch out, it's hot!   Listen   <“Here is your glass of milk. Watch out, it’s hot!”>

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23.7   When you instruct a child to behave and use good manners

 

Be good.   Listen   A “Behave yourself.”   <“Well, Jimmy, I’m off. I’ll be back in an hour. Be good.” – “Yes, mommy. I will.”>

Be a good boy.   Listen   <“I’m going to work now. Read books. Don’t watch television, don’t play videogames. Be a good boy.”>

Be a good girl.   Listen   <“Do your homework, don’t romp. Be a good girl.”>

Behave.   Listen   A “Conduct yourself in a proper way.”   <“I’m leaving you for the day with grandmother. Behave. I’ll call you on the phone to check on you.”>

Behave yourself.   Listen   <“You are going to the kindergarten today. Don’t frolic too much. Don’t fight with other children over toys. Behave yourself.>

Remember your manners.   Listen   A “Don’t forget to comply with the norms of proper behavior.”   <“Mommy, I’m ready to go to the party.” – “Well, Johnny, have fun. And remember your manners.”>

Mind your manners.   Listen   A “Don’t forget to say appropriate polite words and behave.”   <“Betty, take a cookie. Mind your manners.” – “Yes, mommy, I remember to say thanks.”>

Act like a gentleman.   Listen   A “Behave maturely and show good manners.”   <“You are going to the party tonight. There will be many other children there. Act like a gentleman.”>

Act like a lady.   Listen   <“At the party, don’t run around, don’t cry, don’t eat too many sweets. Act like a lady.”>

Act your age.   Listen   A “Don’t behave like a little child.”   <“Billy, don't tease the dog. Act your age.”>

Always remember to say “please” and “thank you”.   Listen   < – “Yes, mommy. I’ll remember that.”>

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