Why do you think discipline is important?

United States
January 1, 2012 8:03am CST
Discipline doesn't necessarily have to be giving your child a spanking. Each child is different and different forms of discipline can work. Timeouts, taking privileges away etc. I think discipline is important because it teaches children responsibility. And it shows that in life there is always someone who have authority over us. To many children grow up thinking that they own everything and that they have to answer to no one.
7 responses
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
1 Jan 12
I always believe that kids should be exposed to early discipline so they can grow up to be law abiding citizens of the country. I have to thank my disciplinarian dad who was so strict with us when we were growing up. Of course there are disadvantages of overly exerting discipline on the children as it will create a distance between parents and child. Because of the fear of being punished for misconduct we always try to act saintly in front of my father and throughout the years until adulthood I was never close to my dad as the sight of him then send shiver down my spine.
@swirlz (3137)
• Philippines
1 Jan 12
I agree the same. My dad has also been our disciplinarian but he also acts silly when he's not "disciplining" us. That's why we're still close to him and not afraid at all. The only time we're afraid is when we know we've sinned. Besides, when we reached puberty he already stopped disciplining us that way. My mom and dad would always tell us they've raised us knowing what's right and wrong and would just let us decide for ourselves from then. I was still in elementary (around grade 6) when I could already call the shots with my life. But I've never really abused that freedom. I'm afraid to lose their trust.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
1 Jan 12
My father was a reserved man and had an ancient thinking. Even when I was engaged about to be married I wasn't allowed to go out with my fiance without an escort. I was not at all please with his strictness but I was young and naive and dared not go against his command. In order to liberate myself from my father's iron fist rules, I quickly jump into marriage. I married quite young.
• United States
7 May 12
@zandi I agree with you it's important for children to be disciplined so that they can learn what is acceptable and what isn't. It is sad to see so many children think that they can do whatever they want whenever they want. And then these children grow up to be disrespectful and rebellious adults. Yeah we have to be reasonable and how we discipline our children. We don't want to be exasperating them and causing them to fear us. We want them to know that we love them and we are disciplining them because we want them to learn how to act and behave.
@soulist (2986)
• United States
12 Apr 12
Discipline can be a variety of things like you stated. It could be timeouts, taking privileges away. It teaches kids responsibily and in a sense respect. I work with kids with behavioral disorders and autism and I see a lot of time is when the kids don't have discipline even if it is doing homework at the same time every night they have no respect for their parents or other authority. They think they can have what they want and do what they want. When raising children it is necessary to have discipline and punishments.
• United States
7 May 12
Yeah discipline teaches children and everyone something. Even as adults we may get disciplined in some way shape or form. Perhaps we are late for work, we get a reprimand, or if we didn't pay a bill on time there is a fee. Children need to know that their are consequences for the choices and decisions we make in our life. I agree with what you said a lot of children act that way and they definitely start to feel that they can do whatever they want.
@areskya (398)
• Indonesia
2 Jan 12
Yeah, I think so. Discipline could make people have a good habit, they will learn a rule and the effect of obey it and deny it. They will learn the real life value from it, the discipline could make them be tough and succeed in reaching their hope. Succeed need 1 % of genius and 99% of effort.
• United States
7 May 12
Yeah children have to know that their are consequences for their actions. Whether these consequences are good or bad depends on what they grow up thinking and learning is acceptable or not. If they are taught their are consequences and they see the consistency of their parents or guardians they will have respect for them. This in turn will lead them to be respectful individuals as adults.
• Philippines
2 Jan 12
Yes it is indeed important to impose disciplinary action to any child but parents should also consider types or techniques in doing so because as what you said children are different, they are unique individuals. Performing child's disciplinary action also molding what they can be in the future. To be a good citizen for sure and a role model to every other kids out there. Also to practice clean living, crime free country..Thank you
• United States
11 Apr 12
Yeah you make some good points. We want our children as well as other children to turn out well. So it's important that parents discipline in the right way. It will benefit others in the long run. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
@indi15 (883)
• India
2 Jan 12
yes i guess discipline plays a very important role in a child's life. Especially in today's world where there is no full stop to wrong things gong on, a child should be taught what to do and what not. Even if one of the parent has to become strict, it is essential for the child.
• United States
12 Apr 12
Discipline is very important. It is sad that so many children don't receive the discipline that they need. So many children grow up angry and hateful at their parents and the world. Being consistent and disciplining our children in a proper way is very important.
2 Jan 12
yes, that's exactly necessary and important. if not discipline, all the thing messed up. because discipline exist, it could make people better in morality. if people do not obey discipline, they may crime, steal,killing and others. so to be a good person, obey the discipline.
• United States
7 May 12
I agree life for a child can go so completely out of the ordinary when children aren't disciplined properly. I agree with you completely. Some children grow up to be disrespectful and bad individuals. So it is necessary raise our children up right.
@swirlz (3137)
• Philippines
1 Jan 12
Taking privileges away only works if they have privileges to begin with. And I don't believe timeouts work either. The child only broods and doesn't even think of his wrongdoing. He will usually think of revenge or sneaking out. I would rather talk to the child and spank him then let him go back to playing. He won't have time to brood or think of other nasties.
• United States
13 Apr 12
lol. Yes children are interesting with their reactions to discipline. And each child is different so they will respond so in there own way. It can be frustrating when children come up with other bad things to do.