Discipline should begin the moment an infant begins to assert a determined will and choose his own way. This may be termed as an unconscious education.
Discipline should begin the moment an infant begins to assert a determined will and choose his own way. This may be termed as an unconscious education. Leland E. Glover, a well-known psychologist, offers this advice to parents: ‘What years are the most important ones in human development? Experts in childcare generally agree that, excluding the all-important prenatal period, the first year of life is ordinarily the most important one. Furthermore, the first month of the first year is the most important month, and each successive month is important to a lesser degree than the one that preceded it. Why? Because the human being matures most rapidly during the first month; and then with minor exceptions, the maturation rate diminishes gradually in the next ten to fourteen years.
‘What does this information suggest to you as a parent? It means that your child will probably need you more right now than he ever will need you again. Never again will he be as young or as immature as he is today. Never again will you have this opportunity to give your child a good start in life.’
Even an infant knows whether he can manipulate his parents, and if he can, he will. If an infant is not taught to conform to a schedule that fits into the family routine by the time his in 6 months of age, he will train his parents to fit into his schedule.
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