There are many aspects of discipline, and striking the fine balance is a challenge to any parent. If the punishment or discipline is too extreme, it can leave the child with emotional scars or make them feel unloved; and that is the last thing any parent would want to do in the process of trying to teach a child between right and wrong. Too lenient - and the child will simply choose to ignore you, and eventually encourage him to be disrespectful and not have qualms about going against other adults.
BabyMoo has always been very perceptive, and from very early on, he knows exactly who he can manipulate and wrap around his finger. The women in the family are ripe for his picking, even Grandpa most of the time falls to his charms. He knows, however, that Daddy can't be easily fooled, and there is little point in trying to fight him (yes, he tried).
So now, BabyMoo knows he has to face Daddy whenever he has been naughty, but the little defiant one usually does not shed a tear in the process. At least, not during the time that Daddy tries to explain and reason things out with him.
|Guess who's been a naughty boy?|
I think it is so much more challenging to have to enforce tough love on a little person who is just discovering the world... but we recognise that it is so very necessary to ensure that we are on our way to raising a child who is responsible and respectful of his surroundings and the people around him.
Before being BabyMoo's friend and buddy, the hubs is, first and foremost - his Daddy.
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