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7 Differences Between Punishment & Discipline

7 Differences Between Punishment & Discipline

The idea of punishment implies repaying someone with what he or she deserves when they do not act favorably.聽Discipline, on the other hand, is future-focused, always geared聽towards future acts.

When infusing this into the ethics of parenting, it has to be done carefully, even though children tend to be a bit mischievous.聽If the emotion of a parent gets in the way of correction, they may inevitably聽mix up the purpose of the聽correction and tilt towards retribution rather than redemption. With effective discipline a child can learn self-control, confidence, and responsibility. Punishment may be physical e.g聽spanking, hitting, or causing pain. However, punishment focuses on past actions of a child and offers little or nothing to help a child behave better in the future.

Discipline has聽to be carried out with utmost care 聽to ensure that child is well developed emotionally and physically.

Here are some major differences between punishment and discipline:

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Punishment Discipline
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It is controlling and might not be appropriate for children. They do not commit crimes, they make mistakes. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It is used to teach and guide
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It teaches the child to avoid being caught, not that the behavior is wrong 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It teaches a child that a particular action is bad, prompting the child to learn internal control
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It causes a child to develop and focus anger on the child inflicting the punishment, forgetting that he or she has to be responsible for that action 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It teaches, shows and guides a child to be more responsible.
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It validates fear, pain and intimidation. It might even result in聽physical, emotional and spiritual damage in the child. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It helps the child accept and realize that there is a proper route and system of communication with the adult.
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It does not give a child the means to right the wrong that has been done. Even if an apology is offered, it will have little or no effect on teaching the child the value of right and wrong. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It helps the child value the importance of an apology also helping the child to find ways to try and salvage the harm that has been done
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It inflicts penalty for an offense 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It trains for correction and maturity
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It shows the child the frustration and sometimes hostility of the parent, which is not healthy for the child. 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It shows the child the love, care and concern of the parent.


This is not to say that children do not deserve to be punished, even the bible says clearly “spare the rod and spoil the child”.聽A healthy balance needs to be struck as said before.

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