How to sign “want”

Hand Shape: both hands bent open “5” held apart with palms facing up
Location: at chest level
Tip: as if bringing something you want to yourself
Action: pull hands toward you at the same time, while hand shape changes to claw

Video transcript: Hi, and welcome to Sign Baby Sign. This week’s word has to do with having fun with your child by asking if they want something, if they want a toy, or do they want food- “want”. So here we go for “want”. Take your open five hands in a claw, palms up, and you would say, (signs) “want” as you take it slightly towards your body curling your fingers in a little bit. It looks like this (signs) “want”.

10 things children want from their parents

  1. Your love
  2. Your hugs
  3. Your smiles
  4. Your forgiveness
  5. Your patience
  6. Food
  7. Shelter
  8. Clothes
  9. A hero (that’s you!)
  10. Consistency

Review this list with your own children. Let them add to it. Then use it as a reminder to be the best you can be.

Teaching your child to sign “want” can reduce temper tantrums. Parents find that when children want things they may not know how to express their desires in a proper manner. I challenge you to take the test. When your child starts to whine for something, ask them to have a do-over but this time no talking, instead they sign, “I want….” then point to what they want. Notice the difference that little change can make.

In my home, I tend to say and sign, “Stop crying…sign.” It works every time. My slogan in my home is “Sign= no whine.” Little ones can’t sign and whine at the same time. Their brain has to shut down one thing to focus on the other. Make sense? Let us know your results. We all want to hear your story.

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