Sometimes, tasks and chores need to be broken down into individual steps or pieces. Remember, the processing funnel of your child is susceptible to getting stuck when overwhelmed with too much information.
For example, avoid assigning vague or unclear tasks like, “Clean your room up and then you can go play with your friends.” Believe it or not, “clean your room up” could potentially be a hard request for your child to wrap their head around.
Instead of loaded requests, try breaking tasks down into bite size pieces. Your new and improved approach might look something like this, “Nick, I noticed that your bedroom floor is messy, and your bed isn’t made. How about I help you clean up your toys off the floor and make your bed, then you can go play with your friends?”
Breaking-it-down approach doesn’t just apply to the tasks you assign your child; this concept can also be used to help explain how or why things happen. Oftentimes, sudden events or changes to your child’s routine can startle them and make them feel stuck.
By “breaking down” what happened, you can piece together a more cohesive and comprehensible picture for your child to understand. Make sure to be clear, concise, and concrete when sharing important information.