There are many styles of discipline, but some limits on behavior are necessary. Whether it’s laws, parental rules, or a conscience, everybody’s got to have something to tell them what is all right to do.
When Ivy was a baby, her parents were a little afraid to discipline her because they didn’t know what she might do in response (and unlike other babies, she could pack a punch). But her father had an important realization:
Her mother followed up with a matching sentiment:
Once the crew took over parenting Ivy, Alix was frightened by the implications:
Adele’s answer wasn’t complete, but it was on the right track:
Many years later, Adele reveals her secrets:
Ivy later explains to her mother that Adele taught her control by simply making her WANT to obey. This underscores the important lesson that the best discipline comes from within. It might be initially imposed by a parent or guardian, like in Ivy’s case, but eventually it comes from a general wish to be good, a genuine care for others’ well-being.
So the best advice here is to do the right thing because it’s the right thing, not because you’d get punished if you didn’t.
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