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Welcome to the “mini yogis minute” weekly yoga tips for teachers and parents looking to create a more fun, engaging, and effective practice for their children. Be sure to check out mini yogis teacher training for all the tricks of the trade!

Terrible twos and threes aren’t called that for no reason. In fact, they don’t really call them terrible threes at all, but they probably should.

When children are two or three, it’s likely their favorite word is “no.” Fun, right?

Toddlers love to say no because they are testing their power. They want to see how much they can control a situation and call the shots.

So, what do you do when you are working with kiddos who only know how to say no?

Well, you can’t tie them up and force them to play along with you. But you can coerce.

Toddlers want to know that they are in control, right? So, your job is to make them think they are in control…without actually ceding your power.

How?

Trade-offs.

They can do the thing they want to do as long as they do the thing you want them to do first. Oh…and the thing they want to do has to be a yoga activity that you want them to do anyway.

How do you convince a child that s/he is making a decision that, in actuality, you are making for them?

Choices.

Offer them two or three different yoga activities that you want to do with them and have them choose which one they want. Now they are in the driver’s seat. Right where they want to be. Or at least they think they are, and that makes them very, very happy…

And that’s the mini yogis minute tip of the week. Check back every week to learn something new!

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