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Bad starts with your flat, open dominant hand facing you and touching your chin. Then move your hand away from your face, flipping it so it ends up with your palm facing forward.

As this is a warning sign, be sure to show a serious or sad face while signing, to underscore to your baby that a particular action is not good.

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Used sparingly, word signs of warning like bad, don't, and no are useful with older toddlers, to have them stop doing something without causing a fuss or needless embarrassment in front of their friends. The sign can be taught by incorporating it into story books as well as real-life experiences. “Isn’t the big wolf being bad?” or, "Did Paula do something bad during recess?"

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Bad is a contrast sign paired with good, so it is useful to teach these signs to your baby when the situation calls for it. Signing bad when necessary will reinforce to your baby that certain behaviors and situations are not acceptable, are dangerous, or can cause pain, so they should be avoided.

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3 Responses to “Bad”

  1. Liz

    When will the flashcard be available?

    ADMIN – Hi Liz,

    With the 2020 collection

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  2. Anna

    Question 1: Is this flashcard available soon?

    Question 2: If I credit Baby Sign Language can I use these flashcard pictures in an online training for staff?

    ADMIN – Hi Anna,

    Flash card will be available by end of the year. If you are not profiting from our resources and you give us online credit with a link to our website you are welcome to use the materials.

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  3. Courtney Blazek

    What about naughty? or how would I say something like that’s not nice? Say for spitting or some bad behavior?

    ADMIN – HI Courtney,

    I use the same sign as bad.

    Reply

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