Allow your child to experience the natural consequences of their behaviors.

We want so much to protect our children from any harm that sometimes we end up losing sight of the end goal. As a result we protect them from painful lessons that will provide them with many benefits. Learn to tolerate the discomfort that comes with a natural consequence. And, use natural consequences as part of your parental discipline. For example: when a child loses their shoe (yes, it happens quite frequently, often on the way home from school), it is okay to allow them the consequence of having to wear an old pair for a day or two, even if the pair has a hole or a flappy sole, as a natural consequence, until you can get them to the store for a new pair. It is important that this is done without being punitive, or an expression of high emotion on the part of the parent, or the child may develop resentment.