We can instill the fear of sex in our children by lecturing them about STDs and unwanted pregnancies. Or we can openly discuss the topic of abstinence and safe sex. In the end, when they get the urge, whatever they choose to do, or not do, begins with self-discipline.
WHAT IS SELF-DISCIPLINE?
Self-discipline means self-control. It is getting yourself to do what you really want to do, rather than being tossed around by your feelings like a leaf in the wind. You don’t lose control of yourself when you feel hurt, angry or the urge to have sex. You decide what you are going to do. With self-discipline, you take charge of yourself.
WHY PRACTICE IT?
When you practice self-discipline, you are controlling your own behavior so others don’t have to. Self-disciple brings you freedom. You get things done efficiently and have order in your life. Without self-discipline, we procrastinate. We eat things we shouldn’t. We lose control of our emotions. Then people feel hurt. With self-discipline, life is more peaceful.
HOW DO YOU PRACTICE IT?
Observe your feelings and thoughts, then decide how you are going to behave. If you feel angry, instead of yelling and hitting, you can acknowledge your anger, then use a calm voice to tell someone you are angry and why. It is your choice. Create routines that bring order and peace to your day, such as when to wash, exercise, work and play. Set limits for yourself, like time on the phone, how much TV you watch or how long you play video games, the number of sweets you eat—enough but not too much.
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