The ADHD Smarter Parenting’s Podcast

Ep #100: How to give consequences that work

September 9, 2020

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Giving consequences that work can be tricky. Frequently when giving a consequence, parents tend to go to the extreme, which leaves parents nowhere to go if it doesn't work.

A consequence aims to teach our child. Consequences are not punishments. When giving a consequence, parents should ask themselves, "What is the least amount of consequence to get my child to stop the negative behavior?"

Consequences must meet the five components of Effective Negative Consequences.

  • First, the consequence needs to be immediate and should happen as soon as possible after the negative behavior.
  • Second, it needs to match the inappropriate behavior. 
  • Third, you need to be able to follow through with consequences every time the negative behavior happens.
  • Fourth, you shouldn't give the same consequence for all negative behavior.
  • Fifth, the consequence should mean something to your child. If the consequence doesn't mean something to your child, they have no motivation to stop their negative behavior.

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