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A to Z of Taming Tantrums: N is for Natural Consequences

Assuming safety first, let natural consequences be the teacher

Natural Consequences

Welcome back to the A to Z of Taming Tantrums series. Today’s video is about the letter N, and N is for Natural Consequences.

What do I mean by that? Natural consequences are the things that happen as a result of our decisions and actions. For example, it’s the feeling of being cold when you decide to skip the mitts, and having an upset playmate when you take his truck.

Natural consequences are a great teacher, and a great way to help reduce battles between parents and their children. In this video, I give examples of natural consequences and how parents can use those to grow cooperation.

Natural consequences might sometimes not be appropriate--particularly if a child is in danger. I invite you to read this post by Jane Nelsen, PhD to learn more about how to use natural consequences to your parenting advantage. 

Do you have any questions? Please do post those in the comments or over on my Facebook page, and I'll be sure to respond.

We're so excited to share with you the A to Z of Taming Tantrums video series! 

Each week we'll share the next letter of the alphabet and Andrea will discuss how it relates to reducing tantrums - and improve our experience as parents! You can view each video here as they are added each Friday.