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Too much of anything is not good, except of course hugs and kisses. But too much exercise, too much of one type of food, or too much studying can be harmful to anyone. Too much discipline can be just as harmful, in particular it can be harmful to children and ultimately to students.

A good balance: To discipline a child or a student requires skillful balance. Every child will not respond the same to a particular discipline. It is not as difficult as it sounds, establishing good discipline techniques is as easy as trial and error. Take time out to figure out what works best for your child or student and then stick with it.

Rules: There are basic rules to disciplining a child or student. The primary rule is fairness. Be sure as parents and teachers that the punishment matches the misconduct. It will be a shame to sentence a child or student to life in prison for not doing homework.
Be careful: When disciplining never humiliate the child or student. This action will create resentment, anger and rebellion. Private and stern correction is more effective.

Appropriate correction: The individuality of a child or student should be respected. Too much disciplining can stifle the personality and will result in personal disinterest in success. Why work for academic success when you reside in an environment of constant discipline?

Learn your child or student’s personality and discipline within that capacity. To discipline outside of their personality can be misconstrued as cruel and unusual punishment, even if it was punishment that you received when you were a child.

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