A frequent question we hear from parents is,
“What should I choose as a consequence?”
Our answer is always to choose a “task-specific” consequence. These are the consequences that will help your child practice skills and behaviors that need improvement.
Here’s an example of what we mean by task-specific.
“Clean your room now or I’m taking away your phone for a week!”
“You know it’s your job to keep your room clean. It’s still messy. If it’s not clean by dinner, you’ll lose your cell phone privileges.”
Hopefully by dinner the room will be clean. If it’s not, sit down with your child and tell him that he needs to tidy his room and keep it clean for 24 hours, in order to earn his phone back.
An effective consequence requires kids to practice a behavior that needs improving. Otherwise they are just doing time.
If your family is working on consequences, you might find this article helpful: Why Don’t Consequences Work for My Teen? Here’s Why and How to Fix It.
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Need more help with consequences? You may like James Lehman’s video program, The Complete Guide to Consequences