Discipline is the structure that helps the child fit into the real world happily and effectively. It is the foundation for the development of the child’s own self-discipline. Effective and positive discipline is about teaching and guiding children and aims at pointing out unacceptable behaviour.
Disciplining children is one of the most important yet difficult responsibilities of parenting. A parent should never shy away from disciplining his or her ward because the underlying importance of discipline is respect and the child should be able to respect the parent’s authority and also the rights of others. Inconsistency in applying discipline will not help a child respect his or her parents. Nonetheless, the parent should be made aware of the fact that harsh discipline such as name-calling, verbal abuse and shouting will make it hard for the child to respect and trust the parent. In view of this, the parent should adopt convenient strategies to discipline the child that will point out the child’s faults and at the same time show firmness, fairness, love, care and respect. The child should be made aware of the importance of discipline in his or life and should also know that the parents loves and supports him or her.
Discipline is about changing behaviour, not about punishing children. It allows children to develop self-discipline and encourages them to become emotionally and socially mature adults.