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The 15 Minute Guide to Parenting

(Sample exercise taken from page 22)

     

Truth or Consequences

WHAT ARE CONSEQUENCES?

Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines consequences as "a conclusion derived through logic: inference."

Within the realm of parenting, it is essential that clear consequences are communicated within the home. Good and bad behavior should elicit specific, known consequences. When consequences are clear, ambivalence and confusion disappear.

EXAMPLE IN THE HOME:

ASK yourself: "Have I communicated to the children what the consequences of their good and bad behavior will be?" Have my spouse and I first decided what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior? If we have not, we need to confer and communicate this first.

HOW IS IT IN YOUR HOME? 

WHAT will I do to ensure the children know the consequences of good and bad behavior?

  1. What is good and bad in our home?
  2. How do I communicate the consequences for the children's behavior?
  3. Have I explained what is good and bad in our house?

 

ON A SCALE OF 1-10, HOW AM I DOING IN MY HOME? ________________

DO I NEED TO IMPROVE? _________________

 

BIBLICAL SUPPORT:

Galations 6:7-9 "Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up."

 

Copyright 2001 by Dr. Carol S. Kennedy