Consequences & Rewards

Do you ever wonder if you're giving the right consequences? Perhaps you don't feel like it's having an effect on your child's behavior. And are natural consequences for children always the best thing? Parenting strategies that explain the right way to give consequences to your child and teen—and the importance of giving rewards.

“Which Consequence Should I Give My Child or Teen?” How to Create a List of Consequences for Children

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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What is the best consequence to use for a particular behavior? This is probably the most common question we receive during our online parent coaching sessions. Parents wonder which consequences to use, how to set them up effectively, and how long to give them. A great way to start figuring out the right consequences for your situation... Read more »

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5 Natural Consequences You Should Let Your Child Face

By Sara Bean, M.Ed.

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You hear that you should let your child face natural consequences, but what exactly does this mean? Many parents struggle with this concept because they don’t fully understand what constitutes a "natural" consequence. And sometimes parents have difficulty relinquishing control because they feel they always have to get their child to obey. I’ve talked to many... Read more »

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Giving Consequences to Young Kids and Toddlers

By Carole Banks, MSW

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Ever get stuck trying to give the right consequences to your young child or toddler? Know that whether they're 18 months or five years old, you should always try to do the following three things when giving consequences: Instruct your child appropriately Understand your child's temperament Help your child learn from their inappropriate behavior Remember, teaching accountability by giving... Read more »

Child Discipline: Consequences and Effective Parenting

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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Remember how you felt when you brought your baby home from the hospital for the first time? When your child was an infant, you probably acknowledged that you were anxious and unsure of what you were doing at times—most new parents are. In my experience, those kinds of feelings continue as we raise our kids—we... Read more »

Punishments vs. Consequences: Which Are You Using?

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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As parents, we know the importance of parenting from our principles, things like teaching our children to own up to their actions and face the fallout when they make poor choices. At Empowering Parents, our parenting programs stress the importance of using effective consequences as opposed to using punishments. But what, exactly, is the difference... Read more »

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Kids Who Ignore Consequences: 10 Things You Can Do

By James Lehman, MSW

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Does your child ignore every consequence you give him? James Lehman can help with 10 specific ways to make consequences work—even for the most resistant child. When kids are faced with something unpleasant, they'll often act like it doesn't matter to them. When your child says, “I don't care,” or seems unaffected when you give him... Read more »

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