Thursday, April 27, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 270

270.  It is important that discipline not lead to discouragement, but be instead a stimulus to further progress.  How can discipline be best interiorized?  How do we ensure that discipline is a constructive limit placed on a child's actions and not a barrier standing in the way of his or her growth?  A balance has to be found between two equally harmful extremes.  One would be to try to make everything revolve around the child's desires; such children grow up with a sense of their rights but not their responsibilities.  The other would be to deprive the child of an awareness of his or her dignity, personal identity and rights; such children end up overwhelmed by their duties and a need to carry out other people's wishes.