The discipline of Love

Children and their parents can learn self-control when Love is the teacher.

Discipline . How often we shy away from the thought! It implies punishment, suffering, and deprivation for the wrongdoer. Yet is this what discipline really is?

As a parent, I thought it was. When my sons were young, there were many times that I did not "spare the rod." I felt deep anguish that I was not able to control either my temper or my sons' outbursts. And often, after having punished the boys, I felt despair that I had allowed anger to hold sway—and guilt, because of the form of punishment I had inflicted. (Anger is hardly an impartial or merciful judge.)

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September 5, 1988

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