Child’s Rights and Discipline: The Lost Theory (1)

Opening Charge

‘It is my fervent belief that children’s rights and defence of same must not be an excuse for leaving children unto themselves. Children must be disciplined for their own good, the good of the family and the society at large.’ As I have always argued, rights without responsibility will give birth to liability.

Hello friends and fellow workers for the best interest of the child. It is beyond pleasure for me to be here today. Though it is pleasurable, it is first of all for me a duty and burden. As I wrote yesterday, it is my number one burden to see a world united for the peace of our children.

Today, I want to discuss the subject of discipline. It is my fervent belief that children’s rights and defence of same must not be an excuse for leaving children unto themselves. Children must be disciplined for their own good, the good of the family and the society at large. As I have always argued, rights without responsibility will give birth to liability. When a child is aware of his/her rights and he/she is not aware of his/her responsibilities, he/she is going to become a chaotic liability to himself/herself, family and society at large. I must hasten to add that there is no better way to teach a child his/her responsibilities except through training and discipline. When a child is not properly trained, he or she is the first to suffer the consequences of his/her indiscipline, followed by the family, then the society

I must also quickly add that the need to discipline a child will not be an excuse for abuse. Please note that discipline and abuse are two different things. You can discipline without abusing. I must tell you once you abuse a child you lose the essence of discipline.  Billy Graham pointed out the possibility of discipline without abuse as follows ‘in all the strictness of my upbringing, there was no hint of child abuse.

I will like to go ahead and define discipline. The truth is that a lot of our parents do not understand the difference between punishment and discipline. Punishment hardens. Discipline moulds character and sharpens the destiny of a child in the right direction. The term “discipline” comes from the Latin word “disciplinare,” which means “to teach.” Many people, however, associate the word with punishment, which falls short of the full meaning of the word. Discipline, properly practiced, uses a multifaceted approach, including models, rewards, and punishments that teach and reinforce desired behaviour. Through discipline, children are able to learn self-control, self-direction, competence, and a sense of caring.

I think with this attempt at defining discipline, I will like to rest my case today. I will continue tomorrow by the grace of God to deepen the definition of discipline. In the days ahead, I will share my story, the meaning of discipline, preparing the grounds for discipline, the roles of love and modelling, the operating principles of discipline, the importance of a family constitution, when not to discipline a child, the difference between discipline and punishment, abuse and domestic bullying and many more issues. I promise you that there is no other page to be than this page these days.   Stay INSPIRED.

I’m Taiwo Akinlami & I Lead the TeacherFIRE™ Revolution

POINT 2 PONDER:

When a child is aware of his/her rights and he/she is not aware of his/her responsibilities, he/she is going to become a chaotic liability to himself/herself, family and society at large. I must hasten to add that there is no better way to teach a child his/her responsibilities except through training and discipline.

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