The When/Then Rule

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How do I teach responsibility and reinforce positive behavior?

The When/Then Rule

To help teach your children responsibility and positive reinforcement for their actions, establish the when/then rule in your family. For example, if your child really wants to play with a friend, and her room is a mess, you tell her "WHEN your room is clean, THEN you can play with your friends". You can apply this rule to any area of your child's life, and it will teach them responsibility. It also keeps the parent from sounding negative due to always saying NO.



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