The Best Way To Discipline Children
Discipline is not just doing something in a particular way. If you constantly strive and are willing to learn how to do everything better, you are disciplined. You cannot impose learning but you can force people to do certain things. But once you start forcing people, if it’s for a short while it can be done, but if it is long-term, your life will go, and their lite will go – In trying to enforce it your life will go and their life will go in trying to dodge it.
In my own childhood, whatever my family tried to impose never worked. But whatever was brought in as a kind of a culture in the family worked and it has benefitted me immensely in many ways. It was just simple things, For example, wherever we were, we always went back home for lunch and dinner. It wasn’t possible for breakfast because people were leaving at different times but lunch and dinner, the whole family always ate together. If one person didn’t come, the whole family would be waiting. So, there was a kind of a responsibility to be on time. This was not an imposition bD an atmosphere was created and you had to be a part of it.
Essentially, it is about doing what is needed in a certain way. If you want to have a certain quality of life you have to have a clean space. To keep the place clean you have to do certain things. If you’re not willing to bend down and do that, then you will live in a dirty place. So, first let’s set our priorities right. If you make people understand why something has to be done, I’m sure every sensible human being is willing to do it. If you are a sensible human being, you understand what is best and you do it. If you don’t understand, but if someone tells you, at least you will listen and understand.
At home, even if the maid did not come, my mother would sweep the house twice and mop the house once. She would not have her bath and eat unless the house was clean. So, how could we let our mother do the whole thing by herself? Therefore, everybody pitched ¡n. If only the maid was doing the work, we would have never thought of doing it, because it would have been the maid’s work. But whenever she was not there, without hesitation my mother was doing it, so there was no question of not doing it. Everybody had to do it.
It was these little things that made all the difference. Simple things like the way you leave your bed when you get up in the morning to where you leave your coffee cup – unfortunately, these things are not adhered to in many families. No one ever yelled at us if we didn’t do these things but my mother would do it for us. So, when we saw her doing it, we just had to do it ourselves.
If you bring yogic practices into a child’s life there is no way they cannot be disciplined. Practicing yoga brings discipline into lite because you have to do certain things in a certain way. Otherwise. it does not work. The way yoga is taught is so meticulous that once you start doing it, with that sense of meticulousness, there is no way you cannot be disciplined.