“Do your best.”

This is one of the¬†standard ‘scripts’ that I use with children when we’re working on behavior/rules/procedures.¬†

Really, isn’t that all you can ask of anyone? To expect each child to be perfect is unrealistic, and the recipe for an ulcer. Young children are YOUNG, and life is just practice for the next step. These three words can help them know that you aren’t looking for the work of an adult, or even a bigger child -just the best they can do. So often they are proud to show you their best – their best name writing, their best cut-out circle, their best ‘putting-on-my-coat’. Our job is to be nothing but encouraging when they have done their work. “Great job! That was really hard, and you did your best! I’m so proud of you.”

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