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Parents can count on this… our children will require correction. Correction often involves the need to administer consequences. ​​​​​​​​
Determining appropriate consequences in the correction process that will make changes in both the present and the future in the lives of our children is one of those hard ‘nuts to crack’! Instead of allowing this dilemma to paralyze your parenting, persist through the process to crack open rewards that will far exceed your efforts. Determine a course of action that will:​​​​​​​​
*motivate the child to amend the behavior​​​​​​​​
*guide the child to change direction​​​​​​​​
*prepare the child not to repeat his folly​​​​​​​​
*inspire the child how to make application to other areas of life​​​​​​​​
Consequences can be a powerful educator; they are a natural or artificial form of ‘pain’ that should prompt change. Pain calls attention to a condition that desperately needs examination. The pain of consequences warns the child that something is not right; it helps the child focus and gain control over a particular moral weakness. When consequences are put in place with intention and logic, they can have a restorative purpose. With those particularly hard ‘nuts to crack’, it is critical to apply consequences that will expose the issue of the heart, endure past the present misdeed, and move toward restoring relationships.​​​​​​​​
To find out more about Natural Organic Consequences & Related Associated Consequences go to Contact Mom [an excellent resource for parents!] to read the rest of this article.​​​​​​​​
*content written by Karen Kurtz ​​​​​​​​

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