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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