Solution Name: Experience The Sandwich Effect
The sandwich approach is designed to influence the without telling them what is occurring. It’s a strategy that revolves around influencing children, but not being influenced by them in return. Offering constructive criticism.
First Slice of Bread: Start off with positive feedback (authentic praise of something the child did recently)
Example: “Sarah, I loved the way you cleaned your toys from the play area. You did such a nice job, putting them away in each basket.”
“Meat of the Matter”: Provide your constructive criticism
Be brief (yet clear and thorough) in the delivery of the meat of the matter — the criticism needed to be shared.
Example: “Sarah, when your clothes are dirty, instead of putting them on the floor, it would be helpful if you put them in the laundry basket. This way, they can go right inside the washing machine.”
The 2nd Slice of Bread: End on a positive note
Reiterate the initial positive feedback/compliment given.
Speak in general terms about how much progress they are making
Compliment them on their receptiveness to receiving constructive criticism.
Example: “Sarah, thank you for listening and working so hard on cleaning up when things need to be put in the right place, so appreciated”.