Children are more apt to follow the rules when they work towards earning privileges rather than having them taken away. A classic example would be phrasing your statement positively and using the first/then approach. For example, you can say “First write your sentences for your vocabulary words and then you can watch tv” rather then using negative phrasing such as,”If you don’t write your sentences, you can’t watch tv.” You may not see a difference at first, but if you are consistent with your rule and follow through on what you say, positive changes are sure to follow.
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