The When – Then Rule

How many of you have had battles with your children when they want to do one thing but you want them to do another? Join the club!

On the up side, this is perfectly normal. Children are supposed to push the boundaries. With everything that is going on, it may be more difficult than usual to respond calmly when your children are testing you. 

The when-then rule is a very handy tool for when we want our children to cooperate with us. Here is how it works: when your child has done what you need them to do, then they can do what they want. For example: “when you are dressed, then you can play with your toys” or  “when you have your schoolwork done, then you can watch TV”. You can even use it on the bigger people in you life. It really works!