There is nothing so important in the raising of a child as discipline. A child must be taught obedience, or it will bring reproach upon its parents, and sorrow to itself.
Better be a little severe in the beginning, if need be, and bring the child into a state of respectful obedience, than to let it have its own way, and work its own ruin.
No longer ago than yesterday, I heard a father speaking positively to a boy who needed correction. The mother at once took the boy's part and replied to the father, defending the boy, whereupon a little daughter put in and spoke to the father in most disrespectful language.
The father turned and left the room in sorrow, leaving his wife, son, and daughter in triumphant mastery of the field.
Homes without heads, homes without discipline, where lawlessness prevails from the very cradle, are the fountains from whence flow the vast amount of licentiousness, drunkenness, and crime, which plagues the earth today.