Learning from our past will help our children’s future.
There is a distinct direction to discipline.
One of the lamest arguments that many mental health professionals give parents for not punishing their children is that punishment looks backward to the past while discipline looks ahead to the future.
But just think of the logical absurdity of such a notion. History always looks to the past. Looking to the past was the very reason our school systems were so adamant about our kids’ understanding of history.
Why? Because understanding our past helps us shape a brighter future. We learn from our past mistakes. Or at least we should. In fact, everything we’ve ever learned eventually becomes the past the moment after we’ve learned it.
So the past is important. And in its proper context and spirit, so is punishment.
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