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This NebGuide describes how to discipline children by letting them experience the consequences of their behavior, and by using "time-outs" and "reverse time-outs."

There are many ways to discipline children. Parents can choose ways that suit them as individuals and that fit their beliefs and values. Letting children suffer the consequences for their behavior is just one of many discipline methods.

Letting children suffer the consequences is a "hassle-free" way to discipline them. Children learn from experiences, just like adults. We call it "learning the hard way." The child learns that every act has a consequence. And, they learn to be responsible.