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Parents are often unclear about the difference between consequences and punishment and the end result.

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Consequences versus punishment

Consequences versus punishment

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Consequences versus punishment

  • A consequence is the result or direct effect of an action. 

> Consequences give your child the message that he is capable of taking responsibility for problems and can handle them.

  • Punishment is defined by Merriam-Webster as “suffering...

Why punishment doesn’t work

  • It backfires. Punishment is almost always delivered with anger.
  • It is temporary. Punishment teaches children to respond out of fear rather than out of a desire to please or do the right thing.
  • It reinforces the child’s negative view o...

Instead of punish

Three steps:

1. Tell your child to sit for a brief time to think about her behaviors and choices.

2. When you are ready, not when your child demands, go to your child.

3. If your child responds appropriately — with honesty and without blaming others — give praise, a big hug, a w...

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