Parents always wonder what kind of adults their children will grow up to be. And, the ultimate person your child will become depends a lot on how you raise them. So, if you discipline your child and teach him what is right and wrong then your child will grow up to respect authority, rules, and the like. However, if you do not discipline your child he will grow up with no real respect for authority or what is right and wrong. Because of this, it is of utmost importance to discipline your children. A mother once told this story: "I can't do anything with him. He stays out all night, skips school and stays in bed when he is home. He is verbally abusive to his sisters. He curses at me, and he even hit me once. I haven't been able to control him since he was 2."
Unfortunately, there are many children and teens that are terrorizing their families. The parents have lost control. They are having problems with school and the law as a result of lack of discipline. In Proverbs 19:18, we read, "Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death." Discipline must begin early. 2-year-old checks his boundaries to see who is in control. Of course, he thinks he would like to do what he wants. And, he fusses, cries or has a tantrum when he does not get his way. But, that is a deciding moment for his future. As his parent, you will either require him to follow the rules, or you will let him have his way. He will learn to live within boundaries in all areas of his life, or he will be miserable at school, at home and, eventually, at work. The choice is yours. Below are things that will likely happen to your child if you don’t discipline them;
Problems at School: It is so important to begin disciplining your children early because if you don’t problems might arise later. This becomes most evident when your child begins school. Following rules is important at school and children who have received discipline at home as toddlers are willing to follow school rules and understand the repercussions if they don’t. However, children who have not been disciplined at home as toddlers arrive at school with no appreciation for rules and how they should behave. This results in outbursts, tantrums, poor schoolwork, feeling left out, and developing a hatred for school. Sometimes children can even become bullies and pick on other children. You want your child to succeed in life and in school so you can help them on their way by disciplining early. It is not easy to discipline your toddler, but it is important to help your child grow as a person and become the best they can become.
No Respect for Authority: Our world is made up of rules and those who follow the rules, at least most of the time get along just fine and have good lives. However, those individuals who have no respect for authority frequently break the rules and end up with all kinds of problems as a result. This could be problems with the police, problems maintaining employment, and more. Many children who do not receive discipline as a child grow up with little if any respect for authority. This results in the child having problems for the rest of his life unless he learns on his own to discipline himself and respect authority and laws. Don’t allow this to happen to your child. Instead, enforce rules and discipline while your child is growing up.
Choice of Wrong Friends; A child with no discipline will lack values. As a result of lack of values, he would have no reason to look out for friends with values. It will surprise you that the lifestyle of people that have good values will irritate him.
There are many other things that can happen to your children like exposure to alcohol as a result of not being disciplined. They may begin using alcohol and drugs at an earlier age, start hanging out with the wrong crowd and exhibit all around poor behaviour and bad choices. So, discipline your children to give them the best chance in life.