When given multiple chances to do the right thing, there is an implied agreement that I will not be held accountable the first two times. Have we ever heard a five year old, or an adult for that matter, say, “Give me one more choice?” Likely not, because the implicit message in a choice is the agreement that I am capable of making an appropriate decision and the responsibility to do so is mine. Culturally it seems we have been on a slippery slope when using these two words interchangeably. We want to avoid the danger in contributing to the “normalization of excuse-making.”
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