CHILD: "Can I go out after dinner to play?"
PARENT: "No, dear, you still have homework to do."
CHILD: "I'll do it when I come back in, I promise."
PARENT: "Get your homework done first, and then you can go out. If you work hard, it shouldn't take more than half an hour."
CHILD: "Why can't I just go out now!? I'LL DO MY STUPID HOMEWORK LATER!"
PARENT: "That's 1."
CHILD: "I can't wait to grow up and move away so you can't
PARENT: "That's 2."
CHILD: "All right, all right, all right." (He sits down to start his homework.)
Adapted from 1-2-3 Magic, by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. (Parentmagic, Inc.)
This article comes from the April/May 2006 issue of ADDitude.