3. They are delivered in a calm, matter-of-fact, kind way. This is extremely important. If you use demeaning language or a hostile tone of voice, you have slipped into punishment. Check out this video for an example of how to deliver logical consequences.
Think of logical consequences as a way of teaching a child the effects of her actions, rather than a punishment. You may have noticed that this is closely related to Apology-in-Action. Keep in mind that logical consequences won’t work in all situations, especially if a child is trying to escape from certain routines (for example, if the child really didn’t want to eat breakfast). However, it can be just the right thing for teaching children to make better choices. Here are a few more examples:
- Justin is knocking over children’s block creations in the block corner. The teacher tells Justin he must leave the block area today, but he will have another chance tomorrow to see if he remembers how to respect others’ blocks and space.
- Meghan refuses to put on her hat or gloves during recess. She is visibly uncomfortable from the cold, but the temperature is not dangerous. The teacher does not intervene, and waits to remind Meghan tomorrow that she needs a hat and gloves.
- Lenny doesn’t remember to raise his hand at group time. He is not called on.
- Jessica is careless with the caps to the markers. She loses her chance to use them that day.
- Michael speaks in a rude way to the teacher. She refuses to talk to him until he calms down and speaks respectfully.