Eps 119: Solo Show – Deconstructing Natural Consequences and Personal Responsibility

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Personal Responsibility and Natural Consequences

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  • Natural consequences are what happens when we stay out of the way – they occur when we let things unfold

  • What do we want most for our kids? What are our desired outcomes for this whole process of parenting?

    • Reference to a poll on my personal FB page

    • Who lets their 14 year old daughter hang out in her room with her boyfriend?

  • Two lists activity from Positive Discipline class

  • The only place that our kids can develop life skills is inside of experience… and in relationship with a healthy adults supports that as well…

  • Their experiences inspire and inform future decisions

  • There is a lot learning that we are robbing our children of because we are getting in the way

  • Parents internal experience takes over

  • Mindfulness matters when we are supporting our kids in developing personal responsibility

  • Natural consequences happens when adults don’t get in the way

  • This is a dance – boundaries are respectful kids need them, we need them

  • Kids need to feel the tension

  • Mistakes allow natural consequences – when we let them feel the consequences that show up, that we aren’t IMPOSING there is lots of room to learn

  • Example – homework

  • Help them to expand their perspective of what THEY want

  • Check your assumptions… and check in with your child

  • Humans LONG to be listened to, seen

  • Kids learn personal responsibility through experiencing having the opportunity to BE personally responsible

  • What matters is the relationship – bonded in unconditional love and mutual respect

  • Allow the natural consequence the power that they have

  • Our kids want to feel connected, as though they matter and that they have influence

  • Tools: co-creating routines and agreements, loosen up, ask questions, check your unspoken messaging, family meetings

  • We all want our kids to grow into cooperative, contributing adult living good lives

  • What already exists when they make mistakes is powerful!

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