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Discipline is a Positive Thing: How To Guide Your Children to Become Successful Adults

What does it mean to "discipline" a child? Does it mean some kind of punishment? Not necessarily.

The word “DISCIPLINE”, when in relation to children, many times automatically brings negative thoughts to the minds of most people. It means spanking. It means putting a child in “time out”. In other words, it means a punishment of some kind.

Before we go any further, let's remember the three crucial pieces of information all children must know in order for effective parenting to take place.

1. You love them. 2. You know what is best for them. 3. You will use your authority to make sure what's best is done. When you think of the word DISCIPLINE, what thoughts come to mind? If I were to ask you about how you discipline your child, how would you answer?

Let's look at the difference in what "discipline" used to mean and what it means today.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary definition:

NOUN - first definition... 1. Education; instruction; cultivation and improvement, comprehending instruction in arts, sciences, correct sentiments, morals and manners, and due subordination to authority.

VERB - first definition 1. To instruct or educate; to inform the mind; to prepare by instructing in correct principles and habits; as, to discipline youth for a profession, or for future usefulness.

Here is today's dictionary definition of Discipline:

NOUN - first definition...

1. the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.

VERB - first definition 1. train (someone) to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience

As I have raised my own children, I have thoug