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A Lesson in Logical Consequences | The Family Podcast Network

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Feb 22

A Lesson in Logical Consequences

Baked Bootie

Recently I posted an episode where we discussed logical consequences and allowing kids to suffer some negative consequences.  We have a gas styled wall heater.  The longer it runs the hotter the grill at the bottom gets.  My son Grant has thought it funny to pull down his britches, point his bootie at the heater where he proceeds to exclaim "ahhh....I'm baking my bootie!"

On numerous occasions my wife and I have warned him to be careful with the heater, that it is hot, and that he needs to be careful getting so close to it.  He has responded with "I know, I know" and continued to practice this hienie-charring practice.
Yesterday he again decided to pull down his pants and "bake my bootie."  I warned him "Grant, if your bootie touches that it's going to burn" to which he responded "I know".  He backed up closer.  I repeated my warning and he backed up.  Then...his eyes lit up wide, he jumped 30 feet in the air (dramatization added) and grabbed his rear end and ran off.

I had him come back so I could look at it and I noticed some slightly singed skin.  Well, today I checked him again and noticed that he had a perfect grid-pattern (see above) on his right cheek.  I edited the photo for those of you who don't like seeing baby bottoms (I'm with you).  Today when the heater has been on he has been very careful and has been issuing warnings to both of his sisters "if you touch your bootie on that it will make it look like waffles!"

Since I allowed him to experience negative consequences (that could not damage him permanently) he was able to grow and teach others his mistakes.  Again, do so within life-threatening guidelines (e.g. knife in the electric socket is NOT a good logical consequence moment).

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