To help your child better understand the concept of cause and effect, have your child take a sheet of paper and fold it in half. Write “cause” on one side of the paper and “effect” on the other side. Have your child think of things he or she does around the house. Start off with the word “because”. For example, “Because I ate too much candy”. Have your child write this phrase in the cause column. Whenever you can start the phrase with “because”, this part becomes the cause. Next, have your child think of the result for what may happen. “Because I ate too much candy, I got sick.” The next part of the sentence or result is the effect.