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VII i Need for Discipline

2. Why are parents afraid of disciplining their children? How should they handle this fear?

DON'T BE AFRAID TO CORRECT MISTAKES: Parents today tend to be blind. They don't correct the mistakes of their children or chastise them. They are afraid that the children might run away and commit suicide. Parents have the right to warn and correct their children. Why should they be afraid to do so? What does it matter what happens to such wicked children? Instead of being a running sore for the parents, it is better they are no more. Death is preferable to infamy. Nor is there greater wealth than fame. Better to have a renowned son who is short-lived than an infamous son with long life.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 May 1992