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When the child enters a loop and insists on saying no to everything, nothing seems right to him and he always finds the bad side of things, we must put a stop to it. If we can't do it through dialogue, maybe thisstory for children who complain about everything: The complaining branch, can help us explain what the reaction of the people around you will be if they persist in that attitude.
It was such a hot day that even the lizards and snails were looking for shade. It had not rained for a long time and the dry branches, making their way, came out of the cracked earth.
- I am old and wrinkled and I am no longer good for anything, - said a whining branch with a trembling voice.
- Why do you say that? - asked the snail. I am delighted that you give me shade because you make me feel good.
Then the dry branch looked at the snail in surprise and said nothing.
The next day the branch complained again:
- I'm pale and very dry, who is going to love me like this?
- Why do you say that? - asked the lizard. With this sweltering heat, - he said, if you weren't here, I wouldn't have your shadow, how lucky you are so close to me!
Then the dry branch looked at the lizard in surprise and said nothing.
That same afternoon, the complaining branch, as was its custom, sobbed complaining again:
- Oh, poor me! Why am I still in this world if nobody remembers me?
Then looking at the lizard and the snail, without saying anything, they left in the shadow of another branch that did not complain so much.
Will your son or daughter understand the story from beginning to end? Everything will depend on their age, so below we offer you different activities to work on children's reading comprehension.
1. Questions about 'The Whining Branch'
- What animals appear in the story?
- Why were these two animals looking for shade?
- Why in the end did they leave the place where the complaining branch was?
2. The game of adjectives
This activity is indicated for children who are already in primary school and it is a question of pointing out the adjectives that describe the protagonist of this story, the branch, from the following list.
3. Story commentary
This proposal is recommended to do it with more than one child, but it can be perfectly adapted to just one. It consists of asking 'your listeners' the following questions to see how their reaction is and how they interact with each other.
- What did you think of the end of the story? Did you like it?
- If you could invent another ending, what would it be?
- What would you say to the branch so that it does not complain so much?
'I'm sleepy', 'I don't like it', 'I'm bored', 'it's cold', 'it's hot' ... There are children who complain about everything, they always find an excuse to launch a protest. There are complaints and protests that are logical and normal in children, but others are not. In many cases, behind this behavior there is a wake-up call. How to deal with it?
- Keep calm
When a child does not get off this attitude it can be an erupting volcano, so do not be surprised if he falls to the ground, screams, cries uncontrollably ... Your patience may also be on the verge of exploding, but we should calm the nerves And wait for the storm to pass If you yell, he will too. Try saying phrases like 'What do you need?' or 'How can I help you?'
- Be strong
There is no exact rule that tells us how long this crisis can last, so you have to be strong and, above all, you have to be firm.
- Do not give in or falter
If you have said no, you should continue with that refusal until the end. We know, it can be very tedious to listen to complaints constantly and sometimes we throw in the towel. But good news: you will notice that as time goes on, he will calm down and then you can talk.
- Reinforce the positives
If you complete these three previous steps, you will notice that little by little the child will realize that complaining is useless, because that behavior does not lead to anything good or bring any benefit, quite the opposite! If you notice that their attitude towards you changes, tell them! Positive praise will help her continue with this new way of behaving.
If you want to show your son that this attitude is useless and you notice that after hearing the story of 'The complaining branch' something has changed in him, you can also tell him the following stories.
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