When parents first have kids it may be hard for them to picture ever having to discipline these little children. They want to have perfect relationships with their children and not burden them with timeouts or groundings.
Unfortunately, as kids grow up, they are going to need some amount of discipline. Disciplining children may seem uncomfortable, but parents must overcome this desire for their own comfort and provide the discipline that their children need.
Why Disciplining Children can be Viewed as a Sacrificial Act
Have you ever thought of disciplining children as a sacrificial act on the part of parents? You may be wondering what I mean. Let me explain.
I have found, through my work helping parents and children in crisis, that selfishness is one of the reasons parents fail to discipline their kids. Parents are afraid that discipline will harm their cherished relationship with their kids.
The problem is, kids can figure this out and manipulate their parents into letting them get away with anything. This is why parents must realize that if discipline ends up damaging their relationship with their kids, this damage will not be permanent. If it is necessary, parents must be prepared to give up idealistic short-term relationships with their children to achieve positive and enduring relationships in the future. In the long run, this will bring the entire family happiness and harmony.
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