Logical Consequences

Young children are learning that their choices have consequences.  Some choices are not suited to allow for a natural consequence.

For example, if a child refuses to put on their winter coat to play out in the snow, you cannot allow the child to suffer the natural consequence as it is unsafe.  This is a case for logical consequences:  If you are not making safe choices, you don’t get to play outside.  That’s a logical consequence which most children will learn from and quickly correct their behavior.

Logical consequences are not a punishment, they’re simply the consequence of certain choices.  By helping children learn their actions have consequences, we are helping them become responsible.

I allow each student a blank slate once a behavior has been addressed.  We all make mistakes and are all continually learning.  All children want to be good and need our loving guidance.


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