"How do you get a child to do what he's told the first time he's told? Don't ever repeat yourself. "

Teaching 3 year old to listen the first time.

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Is the targeted behavior (for the ticket system) “Refusing to do what we tell you to do” too general for 3.25 year old twins? We want to stomp out their habit of giving us push back/delaying/ arguing, etc when we tell them to do general things like Come to dinner, wash your hands, put on your pajamas. They eventually do these things but not without us repeating ourselves, threatening or giving a consequence or some other prodding on our part. I know we shouldn’t do these things & we want to get to a place where we tell them - using alpha speech- to do things & they obey promptly. I’m just not sure how to word the targeted behavior for this & if I need to break in down into smaller/ more specific targets. Thank you!

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