For younger children, diverting their attention might do the trick.
She did not talk about her brother, diverting the conversation as soon as her aunt mentioned Andrew.
So far as it operates at all, it operates by diverting trade from the channels in which it would naturally flow into other channels, and this diversion of industry, so far as it goes, must involve loss.
constructed primarily for the purpose of diverting the water of that stream - it may be to a totally different watershed - for the purposes of a town supply.
On his way thither he learned that the British in India were reduced to the last extremities by the mutiny of the native army in Bengal, and, on the application of Lord Canning, the governorgeneral, he decided on diverting the troops, intended to bring the Chinese to reason, to the more pressing duty of saving India for the British crown.