Has your child ever been in a situation where his life depended on his immediate cooperation, no questions asked? Maybe you had been remiss in training him in instant obedience—you had allowed him too many times to engage you in negotiations; you had gone into lengthy explanations to justify your demands to his satisfaction so that he would see the reasonableness of compliance.
Now you are in a life-or-death moment, no time for the usual rigmarole: “Make one false move and you’re dead. It is very important that you DO EXACTLY WHAT I SAY—RIGHT NOW.” (The child doesn’t see the truck careening around the bend, doesn’t see the rattler five feet behind him.)
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