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    Default Discipline confusion

    A & L were sitting at their table eatting cookies we'd baked for afternoon tea.

    A kept running away & leaving a trail of cookie crumbs behind her.

    I told her to sit down with her cookie or I'd take it away.

    She sat down for 2 seconds before running off again.

    So I tracked her down & took her cookie.

    Ofcourse she got upset & followed me begging 'no mummy, I'm sorry, I'm sorry mummy!'

    Weve been focusing on practicing manners for a few days now (please thank you excuse me & apologizing)

    I was stumped. I really wanted to reward her manners.

    I took the cookie anyway.

    What do you do when your confronted with conflicting disciplines?

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    Tough one. Saying sorry doesn't automatically mean you can do the wrong thing and then say sorry and it's all fine, it's important to learn that too. It's good that she said sorry but I don't think that means she has to get the cookie back.

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    I would acknowledge that she used her manners, but that she should have been good before as well. As pp said, if you give in just because she says sorry then it will become a shallow word for her IMO. I would say something like "thank you for using your manners, but mummy asked you to sit down and eat your cookie or I will take it away. You ran away with it so you have lost your cookie."


 

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