Discipline vs. Punishment


Monday’s Parenting Thought
Natural and logical consequences:
  1. A child knows the rule and what the consequences will be for breaking that rule – long before there is any issue about following the rule.
  2. A child understands how the consequence is connected to the rule
  3. A child’s choice to break the rule is what makes the consequence happen.
Punishment:

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  1. A child doesn’t really know ahead of time what the consequences will be for breaking the rule.
  2. How the rule and the punishment are connected is not easily understood.
  3. A parent makes the punishment happen.
Inspired by the picture book, MORRIS THE ARTIST.
More about discipline at The Benefits of Art, Choices, and Discipline: Part III.