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I had never heard a parent ask a child "okay?" at the end of their request to stop mis-behaving. It makes it all so much clearer to me why the children ignore the request, since they seem to be asked if they agree to stop the bad behavior.

We were NEVER asked if we agreed to anything as children. We received straight-forward demands from our parents or teachers and we knew we had crossed the line, even if the demand was softly worded. My dad rarely had to raise his voice to us, but we all knew he was not making a request -- he meant it -- and punishment for non-compliance was swift if we didn't stop right that moment.

There was never any question in our minds and there was a sense of security in knowing exactly what you could or couldn't do.



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