If, on the other hand, you cannot summon resolution to punish your child when disobedient; if you do not curb his passions; if you do not bring him to entire and willing subjection to your authority; you must expect that he will be your curse. In all probability, he will despise you for your weakness.
Unaccustomed to restraints at home, he will break away from all restraints, and make you wretched by his life, and disgraceful in his death.
Page 23 of “The Mother at Home”
I am so very thankful that I have the courage to discipline my children when it is tough. In those times when my heart wants to overlook their subtle iniquities as them just being children, I instead peer ahead fifteen years by imaging them as adults. The image that I see from a lifestyle of inconsistent or non-existent discipline on my part is not one that I want for my children.
Our children look to us to discipline them by setting up boundaries and enforcing consequences. When we fall short in this area, we cause our children to despise us. In their eyes we become liars. If we threaten with rules that we never intend to enforce we become like the little boy who cried wolf. So in the midst of the daily discipline I look towards the end result which are children who will rise up and call me blessed for I have protected them by disciplining them. I have also equipped them with the ability to self-govern their behavior. I do this in hopes of raising Godly children able to bring honor to our family and to God.