Activities that Aid Children in Complying with Directions
These are more like games to get a child to understand the directions, and then follow them. They are a part of things to know while raising kids.
For Kindergarten: For kindergarten children, difficulties in complying with directions is very normal. While most children do it to test their parents' patience and try their discipline, there are kids who face genuine difficulties. The activities for them need to be simple and slow. Do not push them into doing too much too soon, it may make them give it up completely, and inadvertently, affect their confidence.
- Ask them to write the alphabets.
- Ask them to write the alphabets, but to write the vowels in red.
- Next, you can ask them to write the consonants in blue, and the vowels in red.
- Set up a treasure hunt game. This will make them hunt for the prize, by following directions only.
- Make them write down every direction, and refer to it. This itself will be a direction for them to follow.
For Middle School: Middle school is that time of life when you learn how to break rules. However, if the child will have difficulties obeying them, in the first place, it's going to be tough. At this age, it is a little difficult for the children to make an attempt to follow directions, this is because they want to accomplish things on their own, feel like elder kids.
- Make them clean their room, and put the things in their respective places.
- Make them help you out in cooking dinner, or in making breakfast. Even if the help is for the tiniest things, they will start learning how to follow directions.
- Do not take them everywhere. Once in a while, let them go to close-by places on their own. Explain the route, and ask them to follow it. Make sure you tell them to call you when they reach their destination. If they don't call you in their estimated time of arrival, call them to make sure all is well.
- Let them start doing their homework on their own. However, in case of dire help needed, be open to them approaching you.
- Make sure they participate in school activities. They will have to start following the rules and directions in order to perform well.
Tips for Children to Follow Directions
While it may seem very simple to perform the tests and activities, there are a few things to keep in mind while dealing with children in this case.
- Every time they make a mistake, tell them to do the activity again. However, say it very sweetly, and monitor them while they do it.
- Do not interrupt them. This may scare them from trying to do it on their own again. Just make sure that you are approachable in case they wish to ask for help.
- Realize that it is not very easy for them, so do not lose your temper if they fail a few times.
- Do not criticize them. People think that it motivates the children, but that is a blatant mistake. Criticism, at this stage, will only push them into believing in what you say, and giving up on themselves.
- Whenever they accomplish a particular difficult activity, give them positive motivation to make them happy.
- Just because the child has a problem, it is not a reason to sympathize, patronize, and pamper. They need to be treated just like other children. Too much pampering and help will make them more and more dependent on you.