“For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,”
Proverbs 6:23 ESV
Discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior. Though many consider the negative connotations of the word because of harsh punishments that have often been utilized, it should be our intention to use discipline in a loving way to help others be their best selves. The word actually comes from the Latin word for pupil so indeed it was meant for instruction. Basic human psychology has shown us that behaviors that are rewarded get repeated. Personally, that has been my child rearing philosophy and hopefully mostly what I have done. It seems to me that we live in a time when good behaviors often get punished and bad behaviors get rewarded. Meanwhile, we wonder why the bad behaviors have increased??