Parents should discipline through love and righteousness.

“Parents should administer discipline through love and righteousness. Children cannot be forced into obedience. As President Hinckley has said, “There is need for discipline with families. But discipline with severity, discipline with cruelty, inevitably leads not to correction, but rather to resentment and bitterness. It cures nothing and only aggravates the problem. It is self-defeating.” Our best method for correcting children when they have done wrong is by firmness, love, patience, kindness, persuasion, and reason.”

James E. Faust, “Challenges Facing the Family,” Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting, Jan. 10, 2004, 2–3.

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