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Are Natural Consequences A Good Discipline Choice?

Are Natural Consequences A Good Discipline Choice?


Natural Consequences are often talked about as the go-to gentle alternative to punitive actions like time-outs or removing privileges. Using natural consequences can, in fact, be an excellent parenting tool, but sometimes resorting to natural consequences may be ineffective and downright dangerous. When used properly, children can learn a lot from natural consequences, however sometimes those consequences might simply not bring about the learning from our child that we wish to see. natural consequences

Read about how Natural Consequences can be a powerful tool for gentle parenting in my post at Natural Parents Network – Is That Natural Consequence You are Allowing Really a Good Discipline Choice?

What Makes a Consequence Logical?

As a general rule of thumb, if you have to think too hard about what to do to a child so that he learns a lesson, the logical consequence is most likely a punishment in disguise. To ensure that logical consequences don’t become punitive, first try to figure out what the natural consequence is. We can do this by taking ourselves out of the situation. “What would happen if I stepped out of this and let my child handle this problem?” Continue Reading