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* 23 Children (p.2 of 2)

 

23.8   When you ask a child to be quiet

 

Let's be quiet.   Listen   <“Willy, daddy is working in his study. Let’s be quiet.”>

Sit down and be quiet.   Listen   <“Johnny, sit down and be quiet! I am talking on the phone.”>

Not another word!   Listen   <“Mommy, I want a piece of candy!” – “Not another word!”>

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23.9   When you ask a child to stop some activity

 

Stop it!   Listen   <“Bobby, don’t throw rocks at the neighbor’s cat. Bobby, do you hear me? Stop it!”>

Stop that!   Listen   <“Molly, what are you doing?” – “I am putting earthworms in our fish tank. Let them live with the fish.” – “Stop that!”>

That's enough of that!   Listen   A “Don’t do that anymore!”   <“Stop beating the drum. That’s enough of that!”>

Leave that alone.   Listen   A “Don’t make yourself involved with that. Don’t touch that.”   <“Don’t touch the lawn mower. Daddy disassembled it into pieces to replace some part. Leave that alone.”>

Don't touch that.   Listen   <“That’s grandmother’s favorite statuette. She’s very attached to her china. Don’t touch that.”>

Put that down.   Listen   <“Stop running around with your toy gun and saber. Put that down. You’re making too much noise.”>

Put that away.   Listen   <“Your father will be home soon. Please stop playing videogames. Put that away.”>

You don’t know where it’s been.   Listen   A “You don’t know in what dirty places the thing you are touching has been.”   <“Don’t put that coin in your mouth. You don’t know where it has been.”>

Keep your hands to yourself.   Listen   <“Don’t touch grandma’s china set. Keep your hands to yourself.”>

Keep your hands off your little sister.   Listen   <“Keep your hands off your little sister. Don’t you see she is almost crying?”>

Stop pestering your little sister.   Listen   <“Stop pestering your little sister. She doesn’t want to play with your pet frog.”>

Stop teasing your little brother.   Listen   <“Stop teasing your little brother. Let him play with this toy. Don’t take it away from him.”>

Leave him alone.   Listen   <“Stop bothering your little brother. Leave him alone.”>

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23.10   When a child is misbehaving

 

Why can't you behave?   Listen   <“Bobby, look at your scratched knees and dirty clothes! Why can’t you behave?”>

When will you learn?   Listen   A “When will you learn to behave and obey?”   <“Oh, Chris, you broke grandmother’s favorite statuette! When will you learn?”>

How many times have I told you to stop that?   Listen   <“Don’t play videogames all the time. How many times have I told you to stop that?”>

How many times do I have to tell you?   Listen   A “How often do I need to repeat my instructions to you?”   <“Bobby, do your homework! How many times do I have to tell you?”>

Don’t make me say it again!   Listen   A “I have told you to behave already, and if you make me tell you that again, I will get mad.”   <“I told you to wash your hands. Don’t make me say it again!”>

Don’t make me tell you again!   Listen   <“No, Johnny, you’re not getting a new bike. Don’t make me tell you again.”>

If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times.   Listen   <“Billy, don’t scare the puppy! If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times.”>

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23.11   When you make sure that a child is Listening to you

 

Listen to me when I'm talking to you.   Listen   <“Young man, you can’t take other children’s toys. Listen to me when I am talking to you.”>

Did you hear me?   Listen   <“I told you to get out of the water. Did you hear me? Here’s your towel.”>

Do you hear me?   Listen   <“Wash your hands. Dinner is almost ready. Do you hear me?”>

Do you understand?   Listen   <“You can’t pull the cat by the tail. Do you understand?”>

Is that clear?   Listen   AIs the meaning of my order clear to you? Do you clearly understand me?”   <“Billy, pick up your toys and say good-bye to your friends. It’s time to go home. Is that clear?”>

Have I made myself clear?   Listen   AHave I made the meaning of my order clear to you?”   <“You’re going to sit right there and finish your homework. Have I made myself clear?”>

Do I make myself perfectly clear?   Listen   <“Turn this silly TV program off and go to bed. Do I make myself perfectly clear?”>

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23.12   When you don’t keep a child from going away any more

 

You can go.   Listen   (used with can or may)   <“Are you finished?” – “Yes, mother.” – “You can go now.”>

You may leave.   Listen   (used with can or may)   <“Have you done your homework?” – “Almost. I’ll complete it tonight.” – “You may leave.”>

You’re excused.   Listen   <“May I leave the classroom?” – “You are excused.”>

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23.13   When you send a child to bed

 

Go to bed!   Listen   <“It’s ten o’clock. Go to bed.”>

It's time to go to bed!   Listen   <“Look at the clock. It’s time to go to bed.”>

Off to bed now!   Listen   <“It’s late at night. All little girls are asleep already. Off to bed now!”>

It's bedtime.   Listen   <“Wrap up whatever you’re doing now. It’s bedtime.”>

It's past your bedtime.   Listen   <“What do I see? You’re not in bed yet? It’s past your bedtime.”>

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23.14   When a child resembles a parent

 

She resembles her mother.   Listen   <The girl’s figure is very slender. She resembles her mother.”>

She looks just like her mother.   Listen   <“Look at Betty. The resemblance is striking. She looks just like her mother.”>

She looks just like her mother did at her age.   Listen   <“Compare these two photographs. The mother is in the old black-and-white picture. The woman in the new color picture is the daughter. She looks just like her mother did at her age.”>

She's the picture of her mother.   Listen   <“When I saw the daughter, I thought I went twenty years back into time. She is the picture of her mother.>

She's got her mother's nose.   Listen   <“Mary’s face is very delicate. She has got her mother’s nose.”>

He's got his father's features.   Listen   <“Bob looks very masculine. He has got his father’s features.”>

He's the spitting image of his father.   Listen   AHe looks just like his father.”   <“Your nephew has the round face and curly auburn hair like your brother does. He’s the spitting image of his father.”>

He's the spit and image of his father.   Listen   <“John is a young man now. He is the spit and image of his father.”>

He's a chip off the old block.   Listen   A “He is a particle of the old thing. He resembles his father.”   <“As time goes by, Bill looks more and more like his father. He is a chip off the old block.”>

He's a real mama's boy.   Listen   <“Little Jimmy and his mother both like to eat watermelon in summer. He’s a real mama’s boy.”>

She's a real daddy's girl.   Listen   <“Laurie was six when her father took her to the lake. Since that time both of them enjoy fishing for carp. She’s a real daddy’s girl.”>

She's daddy's little girl.   Listen   <“Elizabeth has got adorable freckles on her face. She inherited her complexion from her father.” – “Yes, I know. She’s daddy’s little girl.”>

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