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Discipline leads to harvest of righteousness
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."
— Bible, Hebrews 12:11[1]

Disciplining means prohibition, punishment, restricting undesirable behavior. When disciplining an errant child, directives evoke negative experience as a result of child's aberrant behavior that can thus be slackened, restricted or completely removed.

The sole loving attitude and positive stimulus are not sufficient. A child that is guided and disciplined in an adequate way, gradually learns to discern socially acceptable and unacceptable forms of satisfying its needs.[2]


The bible makes it clear that parents should spank their children to discipline them. Proverbs 13:24 states that "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them" while Proverbs 22:25 says that "Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away" and Proverbs 23:13 says "Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die."

Dr James Dobson PhD recommends that parents should only spank their children infrequently, but when they do so the spanking should be firm so that the child gets the message. He suggests that parents should discipline their children by firmly spanking them on the bottom with a switch or a paddle.[3]

Although some liberals have campaigned to prohibit parents disciplining their children, surveys show that a majority of American adults agree that "it is sometimes necessary to discipline a child with a good, hard spanking"[4] and a review of the scientific evidence has found that traditional spanking "is not associated with any more adverse outcomes in children than is any other type of corrective discipline" and that "spanking is one of the most effective disciplinary tactics" for children aged 2-6.[5]

See Also


  1. "12", Holy Bible, Epistle to the Hebrews. New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. 
  2. Eva Ivanová, Ľubica Kopinová, Eva Líšková (2005). ETICKÁ VÝCHOVA v 2. ročníku základnej školy (Etics for elementary schools) Metodická príručka pre učiteľov (Methodological guide for teachers) (in Slovak). Metodicko-pedagogické centrum, 31. 
  3. https://www.dobsonlibrary.com/resource/article/9e6c1b33-b341-4617-aa11-70c9744fdf11 The Dobson Digital Library - Questions and Answers about Corporal Punishment and The Strong Willed Child
  4. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/americans-opinions-on-spanking-vary-by-party-race-region-and-religion/ Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight.com, Americans’ Opinions On Spanking Vary By Party, Race, Region And Religion
  5. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10567-005-2340-z Larzelere and Kuhn (2007) Comparing Child Outcomes of Physical Punishment and Alternative Disciplinary Tactics: A Meta-Analysis