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If You Don't Behave, Then You Won't Get Any Candy

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Have you ever babysat a toddler who screamed and threw tantrums constantly? It takes a lot of time and effort to teach a small child self-discipline. If-then statements can help parents teach their babies that actions have consequences.

Repetition is the Mother of Learning

When babies are born, they don’t know how the world works. When they interact with their parents, other people, and their environment, they start to learn that actions have consequences. When they drop a toy, it falls. When they put their arms up, they get picked up. It’s important to give babies consistent reactions. Consistent parenting teaches babies to think in terms of "if" and "then."

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When a parent practices consistent discipline, the same actions always lead to the same rewards or punishments. If you eat your dinner, then you can have dessert. If you hit your brother, then you will go to time-out. Researchers have found that consistent discipline helps children learn to control their behavior and understand their world, therefore helping them ultimately do better in school, at work, and in life.

See for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEMczb2OIYc 

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Read the article below on the principles of good discipline.

http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Some-Good-Ways-to-Discipline-Children

What are some if-then statements that were true in your own childhood? What if-then statements should every child learn?

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  1. [1]^ Credit: Upsilon Andromedae; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/upsand/427789660/; License: CC BY-NC 3.0
  2. [2]^ Credit: D. Sharon Pruitt; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/4581338684/; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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