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A working mom's life in Central Pennsylvania



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If Vs. When

Fri, 02 Mar 2007 16:28:28 UTC

2007-03-05T13:32:58Z

I'd like to think my daughter is very perceptive. I also know that she can be stubborn at times. The importance of the words that I choose when I'm asking her to do something are crucial.

I'd like to think my daughter is very perceptive. I also know that she can be stubborn at times. The importance of the words that I choose when I'm asking her to do something are crucial.

Picking up her mess before we go on to something else is something that we struggle with. I found myself saying "If you pick up your toys, then we can go to the park." (Flashback - remember the "IF/THEN" statements in BASIC computer code back in the day?) Well, I got to thinking and by saying "if," I was giving her a choice, which really, she doesn't have. Those toys must be picked up. So, I've tried to focus on saying "When you pick up your toys..."

I'm not sure if it's made too much of a difference, but I feel good about it. By changing my phrasing to include "when", she knows the dictatorship is in full effect.