Natural consequences are outcomes that happen as a result of behavior that are not planned or controlled by others. For example, if a young person is mean to others he may find that he is not invited to join in when others get together. An adult did not plan or control this consequence, but he or she may observe it and choose to allow it to happen. That adult then may be able to discuss what happened with the young person who was left out and help him or her learn predict such natural consequences in future interactions. Use of natural consequences allows an attentive adult to teach young people the connection between their choices and what happens to them.
Consequences – Part 2: Natural Consequences