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What can you learn from a bowl of oatmeal.... much less a half eaten dirty bowl?
Have you ever finished your oatmeal and just threw the dish in the sink to clean later? Of course when you return to clean it, what was a wet and easily cleanable substance is now stuck on your bowl like cement. It takes twice as long to clean it. So it goes with children, if we deal with little things like certain behaviors or bad habits quickly they are easily changed and the process is not hard on anyone. However, if you leave them unchecked you will go to "clean" them one day and realize you have unpleasant behaviors and bad habits stuck on like super glue. Getting that clean "bowl" will be long and difficult.
Just something to think about...