Disciplining Children

Teach them limits and boundaries. This is the part that many parents don't understand. Kids hunger to know where the edges are - because once they know the boundaries, they can trust that within those boundaries they are safe. It is their circle of trust.

Parents who want their kids to be "free" and never set limits on their behavior are doing them no favor - by implication they're teaching them that there is nowhere they're safe.

Meanwhile, their kids grow up undisciplined and anti-social, until conflict with students and teachers does the job the parents should have done treaching the children which behaviors are not acceptable.

- by Orson Scott Card
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