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    Tool 17 … Follow through … with warnings

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    A summary of ideas for discussion

     

    • Be consistent with the consequences when the child fails to follow the guidelines/rules/expectations/agreements.
       
    • Carry out this ‘follow through’ routine with firm and friendly explanations. It is not the time for protracted negotiations or arguments. It’s time to mean what you say.
       
    • Don’t undertake this routine if you do not intend to follow through 1001 times in response to the child testing your resolve 1000 times.
       
    • The feature of this approach is that it follows a gradual build up of responses from you rather than coming down too hard too quickly to correct a ‘minor’ misbehaviour.

Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.
‣‣‣ Bruce Barton

Follow the routine outlined in steps 1 - 6 below with firm and friendly explanations. It is not the time for protracted negotiations. It's time to mean what you say. Don’t undertake the following steps if you do not intend to follow through with this routine 1001 times in response to the child testing you 1000 times.

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