Remember the adage “when the cat is away, the mice will play”?
Well, when adult controllers turn their backs, youngsters usually show little self-control.
It gives you the power to stick to your decisions without changing your mind every now and then, as it structures your approach to your goals.
It helps you to overcome addictions, procrastination and laziness.
Sometimes they rebelliously do exactly what the adult authority has previously prohibited them from doing.
Children who meekly submit to parental authority often turn into rebellious teenage delinquents later, reacting aggressively to all adult authority, incapable of any self-control or self-discipline.
Let’s explore this further by differentiating between externally administered (“other-imposed”) and internally administered (“self-imposed”) discipline.
These are two radically different kinds of control-type discipline.
We don’t encounter much controversy about whether self-control is desirable.
Most everyone places a high value on children being capable of self-control, self-regulation and self-discipline.