The word discipline is derived from the Latin root disciplina, meaning “learning.” It needs to be associated positively with acts and feats of learning rather than negatively with punishment. Teaching discipline requires two fundamental elements: empathy and structure. Empathy helps us to ‘know’ children, to perceive their needs, to hear what they are trying to say. Structure allows us to set guidelines and provide necessary limits. Effective, caring discipline requires both empathy and structure.”
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