Adults do not impose natural consequences. Natural consequences are mostly a matter of getting out of the way and allowing children to learn from their experiences. Too often, adults deprive children of the chance to experience the consequences of their actions because adults don’t want them to have unpleasant or disappointing experiencesUnfortunately, the result is that the children don’t become responsible for their own actions. The following example is a type that most teachers see frequently:The Inevitable Does HappenAlthough teachers and parents are often uncomfortable with allowing natural consequences, children still manage to experience them. They will build an unstableblock tower and experience its collapse. Related ConsequencesRelated consequences are useful when natural consequences won’t work. Not only do school rules make natural consequences impossible at times, but also the natural consequences in many situations are not acceptable. Adults do have the responsibility of keeping children safe from harm. Obviously, no one allows a child to experience the natural consequences of playing in the street.When natural consequences are not feasible, teachers can use related consequences to help children learn about the results of their actions.Related consequencesare consequences that are tied directly to a
behavior. They communicate through actions that certain behaviors will not be tolerated.