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A Rhyme, About Listening the First Time!

The answer, my dear is yes, yes, yes!

Not listening right away gets you into a mess!

Accepting authority is an important skill,

It’s something you’ll learn - you really, really will.

What is authority, whom must you obey?

It includes all grown-ups, just listen right away.

Parents and teachers they make each rule,

For you to follow at home and in school.

It includes the morning, evening, and night,

You always must listen without a fight.

To tantrum, make a fuss, complain or argue,

Is wrong behavior something not to do!

Do you always have to listen to what grown-ups say?

If you don’t like it, do you need to do it anyway?

The answer, my dear is yes, yes, yes!

Not listening right away gets you into a mess!

The consequences are really not much fun,

Punishments and anger are unpleasant for everyone.

Unpleasant thoughts make everyone feel bad,

And at the end you’ll feel really sad.

So when a grown up gives an order smile & say “ok”,

And then make sure to do it right away!

When they only need to give an order once & not twice,

They’ll think happy thoughts, won’t that be nice??!!

The grown-ups will think happy thoughts about you,

And you will feel so proud that you knew just what to do!

I know you can do it, so start today,

Since you’ve learned the skill of listening right away!

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Important: Teach children who is a safe authority figure in their life, and who is not. Also teach children the kinds of things that safe authority people might tell them to do, to which they must comply, as well as things that they should never do regardless of who the authority figure might be.

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