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The difference between punishment and discipline

Updated: Sep 21, 2022

The word discipline is defined as the practice of teaching others to obey rules or norms. The word has gotten a bad rap because it is associated with punitive practices like spanking or punishing children. But as adults, we have our own discipline: physically, we try not to be overtired or dehydrated. Socially, we try to behave appropriately. Emotionally, we hold our temper and try not to hurt those we love. These are unsaid, but they’re disciplines. And in teaching children, we are trying to do the same: communicating how to behave kindly, safely, and considerately.

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