Consequences That Make Sense (1-26-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   You can select consequences that make sense when house rules are broken.

PRACTICE:   Think about some behavior of your child that is bugging you. Create your rule by answering these questions.

What is not allowed? Be specific. (He can no longer refuse to get up for school in the morning.)

What is expected of the child instead? (He must use his own alarm clock and be up and ready by 8:00 every day.)

What will happen, if he doesn’t follow the rule? Will he lose a privilege or be required to do something? If thinking about him losing something, make sure it is not something on the “do not take away” list you made on January 23. Think of something that makes sense and is related to the idea of getting up on time.

Consequences are best when they teach, rather than just punish. For example in this situation you could consider: any morning he is late, you will shorten his bedtime so he gets enough sleep to be awake on time the next morning – 20 minutes late in the morning means 20 minutes earlier to bed.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, A BALL FOR DAISY.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Children and Loss (of Special People or Special Things). 

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