The ADHD Smarter Parenting‘s Podcast

Ep #198:Why consequences aren’t working

August 10, 2022

Many parents give a consequence expecting it will stop the behavior and are surprised when it doesn't. 

Giving an effective consequence isn't easy. In fact, for a consequence to work, it needs to include five key elements: Immediacy, Size, Frequency, Importance, and Varied.

The best way to teach a child isn't through consequences. Because consequences focus on the negative, they can damage your relationships with your child and cause them to have issues with self-esteem and self-doubt. The best way to get a child to create lasting change is through rewards.

Rewards give a child power and encouragement to change because it focuses on what they will receive. Rewards build relationships and set your child up for success. 

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