Discipline means ‘to teach,’ not ‘to punish.’
Occasionally, parents will need to create a logical consequence when a natural consequence isn’t safe, timely or practical.
1. Identify the unwanted behavior.
2. Give teens a choice, “You can drive without texting or not drive at all.”
3. Most of the time, your teen will stop after a warning. If they don’t stop, clearly tell them the consequence for continuing the behavior. Make sure you TAKE TIME TO TRAIN.
4. Make sure the consequence is reasonable and related to the behavior. ie. if a child misses curfew by an hour, the logical consequence might be coming home an hour earlier the next time. Losing a week of screen time for a curfew violation is not related.