Parenting Technique 15 – Teach appropriate behavior at just the right time.
Under most circumstances it is best to start your teaching right away. However, if the situation becomes emotional, or if you see that your child is uncomfortable for one reason or another, it is better to wait. At just the right time you two will be able to talk about what happened and discuss ways that your child could have handled the situation differently.
Teaching is a wonderful form of positive attention. It often does a better job than a consequence and many times can easily take its place.