The need for discipline
Households where there is no discipline can be chaotic and disorganised so children are raised lacking vital life skills.
Having discipline in the household promotes among other things self-restraint, and general good behaviour.
It brings structure and stability, along with responsibility and respect.
Think of sport, where discipline is the fundamental aspect on which all sport has been created.
Every player/participant must adhere to the rules/guidelines otherwise the sport wouldn’t work, hence the need for umpires and referees.
As a parent you could liken yourself to a referee or umpire. You are responsible for ensuring your household has rules/guidelines and that these are adhered to.
To support children to understand what is acceptable, visualise the rules, and let the children have input into them, they might come up with rules that you don’t think are necessary but may be important to them.
If they are visualised then whenever someone breaks a rule, you can remind them by showing them the picture of what the acceptable behaviour is.
Brenda Holdaway is the Whanau facilitator for Nelson Tasman Kindergartens.