Sometimes we think a child deserves to be punished because they do not listen. The problem is you have not found the perfect lesson that they would enjoy to learn that stops them from repeating the mistake.
In other words, a child can grow up waiting for the perfect time to rebel or grow up waiting for the perfect time to thank you for all you thought them.
Of course, there are some irreconcilable behaviors a child needs to be punished for, but it is very important to balance this with a lesson in life they will never get tired of appreciating which adds to their self-worth and their structure in life.
Sports provides an avenue for them to learn. As long as they can engage in these kinds of activities with a trusted coach or mentor, they will grow up being well rounded and approaching life with an ingrained sense of discipline.
There is a reason some children are sent to the military when they become adults as a last resort, not because the parents need them to go to war, but for these children to appreciate structure. Of course, there are so many other reasons why adults enter the military outside of this, but if one can train the child in their lives to find structure before it becomes a cry of survival then you would have given that child the perfect tool for their lifetime development.
- Desirel C. Lawrence