Can the Wheel of Dreaded
Consequences Help with Weight Loss?
of Dreaded Consequences is a game developed
through the ingenuity of a mom with two
This game is designed to get kids to learn
there are consequences to their actions.
It is simple in its use but ingenious because
it's they type of thing your kids will enjoy,
even if it does dish out the punishment.
No more having to figure out an effective
punishment, and then having to fight the
impulse to "give in" to sad looks.
Kids will fight, refuse to do chores, or
generally act miserable, i.e. like kids,
and sometimes don't you wish you could figure
out what to do to get them to listen without
having to resort to punishments that are
difficult for you to carry out later? This
game is the answer.
This Game Motivates Kids
to Learn Actions Have Consequences
Your kids are fighting and won't stop.
They won't go to bed when asked, they don't
clean their rooms or do their homework.
Don't bother with punishments, just say,
"Okay, let's get out the Wheel,"
and let them be the one to take a spin.
Wherever the pointer lands is their "consequence."
The games come with several templates for
consequences or you can design your own.
For instance, if you have more than one
child, a great consequence could be having
to clean the room of the other - kids sure
don't want to do that, but if it's assigned
because that's where the spinner landed,
they are more likely to comply with much
less grumbling and telling you how mean
you are. It wasn't you - it was the game.
They know the rules - either do your chores,
stop fighting when asked to quiet down,
etc. or there will be consequences.
I wish I'd had this game when my son was
small - he'd have loved it, and it would
have made my job easier. He was never difficult
to discipline but I remember being torn
when I had to come up with appropriate punishments
because my personal rule was if I said it,
I had to follow through. As long as I kept
this promise to follow through, he always
knew if I said no, I meant no. There was
no changing my mind, no talking me into
it, it was just no means no.
Using Wheel of Dreaded
Consequences Concept for Weight Loss
So how's this used for adults? What about
using it as a reward or punishment for your
own goals - keeping to your eating plan,
or exercise plan for instance?
First, you must determine whether you are
more motivated by what you can get or what
you will avoid - in other words, are you
a Toward person, someone who wants to work
for a reward, or are you an Away person,
someone who wants to avoid something? This
is your motivation preference, and once
you know your preference, it makes much
more sense to use that preferred strategy
with yourself. This also explains why sometimes
it seems so difficult to get ourselves to
do what we want - we have been using the
Try the game, Wheel
of Dreaded Consequences. It's a great
idea and would be excellent for kids age
four on up who are ready to learn that actions
have consequences. This way, they learn
at an early age that their actions have
consequences and their decisions have an
impact creating better decision makers at
an early age.
- Part 2 - Determining Your Motivation Strategy