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When I give him a consequence, should it be for not making his bed or for throwing a tantrum about it?

Question:

When I ask my son to make his bed, he has a fit. When I give him a consequence, should it be for not making his bed or for throwing a tantrum?

Answer:

​If your son has a tantrum, give him time to compose himself by using a calming-down strategy. Teach him ahead of time ways to remain calm. Then, when he's calm, give him a consequence for having a fit (a time-out or take away a special toy). Later, you can instruct him to make his bed. If he throws another fit, give another consequence.