Let the Real World Do the Work.
Real-life lessons can make a lasting impression. When 8-year-old Noa Licha, of Montreal, wasn't finishing her homework before bed, her mom, Sarah, decided that she would complete it the following day rather than staying up, even if that meant it wasn't turned in on time. When Noa's teacher penalized her for late work, the lesson stuck. "Knowing that she'll be accountable has changed things," says her mom. "Now she feels she has to meet deadlines -- and she does." It's tough to stand back and let your child suffer the consequences of a bad decision. However, keep in mind that the discomfort will be temporary, but the benefit may be lifelong.