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Your Daily Dose: Consequences

March 24, 2020     By Daily Dose

Anxiety, Coronavirus COVID-19, Mental Health, Self-Calming Tools, Stress

Hope all continues to be well for you and your family.

Today's Daily Dose takes a closer look at consequences (topped with a much-needed, anxiety-reducing relaxation technique).

By now, you should have your e-learning spaces and daily schedules set and, hopefully, are settled into a new routine. (See Tuesday's Daily Dose on our Instagram page for a refresher on schedules and learning spaces). But maybe your little one is being a stinker about the schedule and your “quaran-teen" is so over it already. Or maybe all is good – but you know that can't last. This is where consequences come into play. You can use them as motivation to keep your kids, your schedule and your routine from going off the rails.    

Remember, consequences help kids realize that their choices have negative and positive results. Positive consequences increase the likelihood that a behavior will be repeated, and negative consequences decrease the possibility of a behavior happening again.  
Whether positive or negative, consequences are most effective when they are…

  • Important (has meaning or value to your child)
  • Immediate (creates a clear connection between the behavior and the consequence)
  • Appropriate (excess is not your friend; be reasonable)
  • Consistent (“if you do this, then this happens"; your spouse/partner backs you up, too!)
  • Varied (being consistent doesn't mean sticking to the same response all the time)
  • Manageable (don't make them so punishing or difficult that you don't follow through)

Read more in this article or watch this 60-second video on how to use a Joy and Job Jar.

Today's positive mental health activity is great for de-stressing... Maintain your mental and emotional health with mindful breathing. You can do it anywhere at any time, and it will leave you feeling more relaxed, more creative and more energetic. Get the best techniques here.

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