Natural Consequences

Key Points for Increasing Responsible Behavior
Point # 2:

Natural Consequences

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.

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