Accepting consequences seems to be fairly difficult for most children I work with. Let’s face it, no one LIKES consequences, whether it’s a time-out, having to do an extra chore, or losing money. One fun way to practice accepting consequences is by playing the game Chutes and Ladders. Even better? I have a shorter version of the game in my office that shows pictures of children doing something they (probably) shouldn’t at the top, then shows a consequence at the bottom.
When I play this game with children, I pre-teach that they will practice the steps to accepting consequences each time they land on a chute. They then practice saying “ok” and using a calming strategy to stay calm. I provide praise and corrective feedback, if necessary. I also discuss with children the benefits of staying calm when receiving a consequence.