We are also learning that it's important to obey the first time. If only we could all get this concept! I can't tell you how many times God has asked me to do something and I've put it off, and put it off, and then he uses his loving and Godly discipline to make me do what's right. I'm hoping that through some of our exercises this week, Cohen will learn a little more about how to obey his Heavenly Father too.
I setup a chart system. As mentioned earlier, I'm pretty sure my child is a visual learner (maybe all preschoolers are...I don't know...I'm only studying one right now). So I put this chart up in the kitchen and I attached his favorite candy to it.
The idea is to have him put a sticker in a box each time he does what I asked, the first time, with no backtalking, huffing, puffing, griping, whining or complaining. I printed a trophy in the last box to show that's when he gets his prize. Once the boxes are all full of stickers, he gets to eat his ring pop.
I can't even begin to tell you what a difference this little chart has made in our house. I'm not going to lie and tell you that he's obeyed everything I've said, but there is definetly a difference.
If you are interested in doing this in your own home, I've saved a copy of the Publisher 2010 version of this chart online here. You will probably just want to change the name (unless, of course, your child is named Cohen).