Using Consequences Wisely

Consequences are one of the best tools for teaching children to make good choices and to be responsible for their actions. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Using Consequences Wisely

Consequences are one of the best tools for teaching children to make good choices and to be responsible for their actions.

DO:

  • Choose consequences YOU can live with
  • Involve child in determining consequences (five & older)
  • Let child know the consequences in advance.]
  • Always follow through consistently.]
  • Apply consequences with empathy. “I know it is hard to have to miss out on a fun time with your friends.”
  • Express belief that your child can make wise choices. “I know you’ll make a better choice next time.”

DON'T:

  • Expect 100 percent success
  • Make the consequences too stiff
  • Show your anger
  • Talk too much
  • Forget to reevaluate consequences and their effectiveness as your child matures

 

Source: Parenting Quick Tips, ©Practical Parent Education

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