- Instead of "don't touch that", try "leave it alone"
- Rather than "don't go into the busy road", I'd say "stay on the pavement".
I made a mental note each time as to whether or not it worked. I didn't expect it to, kids being kids and all, but you know what? It worked more often then not. Which is a big difference, considering my "suggestions" previously had caused such endless frustration at the lack of accomplishment!
So perhaps kids are more susceptible to the power of suggestion than we adults feel we are. Any more childcare tips Derren?