he's always tuned in

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Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-08-2009

We notice that he’s almost always tuned in even when we adults are talking amongst ourselves. Even when we talk in English sometimes he understands!

This we can use to our advantage.

The first time I did this was many months ago, when he had got into the habit of singing “la la la…” but was quite relectuant to sing on demand. So Appa was telling Amma “yen gottha, abhinavge yesht oLLe voice ide gotta? Yesht chennaagi haaDtaane” (“you know what, Abhinav has such a good voice, he sings so nicely”) and immediately that fellow who was sitting quite a distance away started “la la la la laaaa la”. Of course we all burst into laughter and that was an often repeated joke!

More useful application is, instead of directly praising him for some good behavior and overdoing the praising thing, sometimes its more effective when we praise him while talking amongst ourselves without even looking into his direction.

Sometimes we even say with detailed description “oh you know, Abhinav shouted at Appa. Appa became very sad. Then Abhinav came and said sorry to Appa. He’s such a nice boy.”

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