Key Points for Increasing Responsible Behavior
Point # 2:
The best logic with discipline is to let the consequence make sense whenever possible. This will become more sophisticated as the child gets older.
Parents often want to save their children from consequences. This is the attitude of the sprinter. Keep your eye on the final goal and ask yourself, what is the result of saving my child from the natural consequences of their behavior versus what lesson will my child learn if they suffer now? I intentionally use the term suffer because many parents find it extremely difficult to allow their child to fail but…..by letting them fail in non-threatening situations, they learn that their actions have consequences before the stakes get too high.