Are Natural Consequences A Good Discipline Choice?

Are Natural Consequences A Good Discipline Choice?

Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Toddlers 12- 36 months
  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.  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?
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What Makes a Consequence Logical?

Parenting, Positive Discipline
Ideas for Implementing Consequences in a Non-Punitive Matter. By Kelly Bartlett, CPDPE Throughout our endeavors in positive parenting, the terms “natural consequences” and “logical consequences” are frequently tossed around. It is helpful to understand the differences between natural consequences and logical consequences, as well as to understand when a response is punitive. Parenting with Positive Discipline means striving to use natural consequences before anything else; they are effective at giving children valuable learning experiences while also preserving the integrity of the parent-child relationship. The use of logical consequences is a popular parenting technique, but it can be risky. A logical consequence is supposed to be one that “fits” with the circumstances, however this leaves a lot of room for interpretation. What one parent may consider a logical consequence for misbehavior,…
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