5. Use Logical Consequences

Consequences that are logically related to the behavior help teach children responsibility. Compare that situation to a child who breaks a neighbor’s window and his parent says, β€œI see you’ve broken the window, what will you do to repair it,” using a kind but firm tone of voice.

The child decides to mow the neighbor’s lawn and wash his car several times to repay the cost of breaking the window. What does the child learn in this situation? That mistakes are an inevitable part of life and it isn’t so important that he made the mistake but that he takes responsibility to repair the mistake. The focus is taken off the mistake and put on taking responsibility for repairing it. The child feels no anger or revenge toward his parent.

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