Provides Protection: Discipline provides
limits that protect our children by
keeping them away from danger. As we set
limits, we also give our children ample
opportunities to apply what they are
learning to life.
Security: In life, we must submit
ourselves to people and laws to succeed.
Teachers, police, principals,
baby-sitters, parents and bosses have say
over what is permissible and advisable
behavior. To achieve and keep peace in
our society, our children need to develop
a healthy respect for those limits that
make their lives make sense.
Responsibility: In order for children to
grow toward independence and take their
place as adults, they must assume various
responsibilities for themselves. They
must learn to handle their money, to hold
a job, and to manage emotions, to name a
few. As they grow up, they learn that
freedom and responsibility go together
Training: Discipline trains a child in
self-discipline and prepares the child
for his future as an adult. A child who
learns to do his chores or homework forms
the habit of getting work done first,
which leads to maturity and independence.
guidelines for homework and parental
involvement that have been issued by the
Chicago Board of Education:
minutes a day
minutes a day of reading and
encouragement for homework.