A big shift for parents when they learn about Positive Discipline is the concept of moving away from punitive consequences (punishment) and into problem solving and a focus on solutions.
There are times, however, when the use of what we call “logical” consequences can be used in order to help a child develop internal understanding, self-control, and a desire to follow the rules.
Here is how a “logical” consequence works:
  1. A logical consequence is revealed in advance (i.e., you have discussed the consequence in advance of the infraction (if possible).  And getting them involved in the process of developing these consequences is even better.  Example:  When implementing new summer screen time limits agree upon the consequences that might be applicable if they go over their screen time allotment.
  2. It is related to the infraction.  Screen time overages, beget screen time deductions.  A broken window begets paying for the window.
  3. It is reasonable, not excessive.
  4. It is respectful to all parties involved.  As a parent, I have a need for my children to have screen time limits, as children, I know they want screen time.   Our logical consequence is respectful to all parties involved AND is administered respectfully.    It might sound something like this:  “I am sorry that you chose to go over your screen time, now you will have to deduct the same amount tomorrow.  You can try again tomorrow. “
The goal of a logical consequence is to help children look more closely at their behaviors and consider the results of their choices.
And on a last note, if finding an appropriate logical consequence is a challenge, it could be that a focus on solutions may be more appropriate. 🙂

I hope this helps.