Even with the rules of thumbs to follow from our previous posts, there are going to be instances when these approaches will not work. If your child considers these natural consequences to be not a big deal or if allowing them to experience these consequences will hurt someone else. Searching for a logical consequence when you are in a hurry to get somewhere usually will not work. Do not ever search too hard. If the consequence is not glaringly obvious then it is probably not the right strategy anyway. Problem solving, redirecting and family meetings are some good examples of strategies that may work when natural consequences will not. They are just one tool in your discipline toolbox. A hammer is essential to any builder, but he will need many other tools to build a house.





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