I have now decided to move on. Poor Boss felt the Wrath of Aide J last Friday because Aide J was grumpy and I was distracted with -- who else? -- Bulldozer. So, the tip of the (more or less) month is:
Part 1:Meanwhile, Bulldozer did not want to be at school today, and Elastigirl had three incidents of diarrhea in a 15-minute time period, but we couldn't get ahold of anyone to come get her.
Specific directions are always better than general directions.
(I am guilty of this too!)
A child that may not understand "clean up please" will probably understand "please pick up the papers on the floor."
If a child doesn't respond, break the task down into steps; make each step a separate request.
Many children have trouble with multi-step directions. While we want to teach this skill, it's important to remember that what looks like defiance may be lack of understanding.
At least life isn't boring, eh?