Discipline but never shame

Discipline is an essential component to the positive formation of every child. Character and responsibility flow from guidelines which enable the child to understand the value of certain behaviors. However,it is never valuable to use shame as a tool to teach children right and wrong. I have met too many adults who still suffer from well intentioned adults who publicly shamed them with thebelief that it would be beneficial for the child. Correction and pointing out the consequences of errant behavior are valid and essential, but creating scar tissue that haunts the child into adulthood is never a wise choice. The acts that cause the shaming are often not so dastardly that they merit the punishment, and even though they are intended to teach shaming does more harm than good.

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