Step one: Empathy
“I bet that hurts”.
Step Two: Send the “Power Message”
“What do you think you’re going to to?”
Step Three: Offer Choices
“Would you like to hear what other kids have tried?”
At this point offer a varizty of choices that range from bad to good. It’s usually best to start out with the poor choices. Each time a choice is offered, go to step four, forcing the youngster to state the consequence in his/her own words. This means that you will be going back and forth between step three and step four.
Step Four: Have the Child State the Consequence
“And how will that work?”
Step Five: Give Permission for the Child to either Solve the Problem or not Solve the Problem