Discipline or Punishment

 

DISCIPLINE OR PUNISHMENT

March 30, 2017

DISCIPLINE OR PUNISHMENT

March 30, 2017

First of all YES, they are different.  For many people, the words (punishment and discipline) are used interchangeably. Somewhere along the line people started thinking that they meant nearly the same thing.  This ISN'T the case, especially where our children are concerned.

Webster defines "Punishment" as a penalty imposed or HARSH TREATMENT, whereas it defines "Discipline" as TRAINING that develops self-control.

We as parents want our children to have self-control.  After all, we are raising them to be adults. 

As you are thinking of how to best help your child grow and gain self-control, you will want to discipline when necessary.  Discipline includes things such as Time Out, Discussion and even removing kids from a specific environment.  It does NOT include, yelling, slapping or hitting. It doesn't include threats or name calling either.

Discipline is a way to TEACH; teach your child(ren) how to share, kinder words to use, nicer ways to play, how to stand up for each other and when to speak up...

I'm sure this topic will be revisited.

Best

Mrs. Pang