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Using Consequences for Misbehaviors

Toddler girl sitting in mom's lap pouting

A consequence is what happens immediately after a behavior. Consequences can be both positive and negative. Positive consequences show your child she has done something you like. Your child is more likely to repeat the behavior when you use positive consequences. Negative consequences let your child know you do not like what she has done. Your child is less likely to repeat the behavior when you use negative consequences. Negative consequences are also called discipline. Click here for more information on positive and negative consequences.

The five steps for using consequences to stop misbehavior are listed below.