Consequences can sometimes be the best teachers. But protecting from consequences can also be good.
How do you know the difference?
Today we hear a lot about not being overprotective parents. That natural consequences are the best teachers. Generally, I agree. However, there are times when we can’t be protective enough! Would we not grab the car keys from a drunk? “But the drunk is impaired!” You may say. “And the lesson is too costly!” And that is my point.
Like a drunk, a teenager’s executive brain function isn’t optimal. It is still years away from being fully developed. I am all about natural consequences and there are a myriad of lessons to be learned that way. But funerals, wheelchairs, or unwanted pregnancies are too great a risk when an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure.
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