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Why should my child face consequences for bad behavior?

Lynne Kenney
Psychology
Not making your child have consequences for bad behavior might teach them that it is okay to lie, cheat, steal and manipulate when we make excuses for their bad behavior.

What we should do  is have your child admit they did something wrong and make them face consequences for that. It teaches them to take responsibility for their actions. Take  the example of a child not doing a homework assignment. Don’t write the teacher a note for them missing the assignment; don’t make up an excuse for them. Your child should own up to it, and be honest with the teacher as to why the homework assignment was not completed and let the teacher decide the consequences for that action.

Hopefully this will carry onto adulthood and you will know you have a person that knows there are always consequences to our actions in life and they will be truthful adults with integrity.

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