Another good dialogue request from K. Kwan.
Mommy: We’re at the beach. Do you want to swim?
Mommy: I need to put some suntan lotion on you. The sun is very strong today.
Child: I don’t want to.
Mommy: Do you want to get a sun burn? Those are very painful.
Mommy: Then I have to put suntan lotion on you. Please stand still.
Mommy: Finished. Do you have your swim ring?
Mommy: Put it on before you go in the water, please. Okay, go ahead.
Mommy: Please be careful. Don’t swim out too far. It’s dangerous.
Child: Mommy, look! I am swimming.
Mommy: Please don’t go too far out. The water is too deep for you.
Child: Fun, fun, fun.
Mommy: Come back in towards the beach, please. You’re too far away.
Mommy: Can your feet touch the bottom?
Mommy: If your feet can’t touch the bottom then you are too far out. Swim back towards the beach until your feet can touch the bottom.
Child: I want to swim.
Mommy: If you can’t touch the bottom it is dangerous for you. You could have an accident. Either move back towards the beach now or get out of the water.
Mommy: If Mommy has to come in and get you then we are going home. Move in now.
Mommy: Thank you.
Playing with sand
Mommy: What are you doing?
Child: I am playing.
Mommy: I can see that. Are you playing with the sand?
Child: Yes. It’s fun.
Mommy: If you want to play with the sand there are two rules. First, you cannot put the sand in your mouth. Second, you cannot throw the sand.
Mommy: Sand is very small. If you put it in your mouth it will be very difficult to get out.
Mommy: And if you throw the sand it could go in your eyes or my eyes and then it will hurt a lot.
Mommy: So you must never eat or throw sand.
Mommy: I told you not to throw the sand.
Child: I want to play.
Mommy: If you throw the sand again it could go in our eyes. Then you will cry.
Child: I want to play.
Mommy: If you don’t listen to Mommy you may get in trouble. Sand in the eyes is very painful.
Mommy: I told you not to throw the sand. Now you have sand in your eyes. Does it hurt?
Mommy: We need to wash the sand out with water. Please stand still. I will pour water into your eyes.
Child: It hurts!
Mommy: I know. I told you it would. Remember this for next time. Never throw sand.
Mommy: Can you please say “never throw sand”?
Child: Never throw sand.
Mommy: I hope you will remember that.