Being from the generation that believed in the line from the Bible, "Spare the rod and spoil the child," I have come to realize the profound truth of the importance of discipline. Studies underscore this importance: The best adjusted children come from homes that are strict, but loving.
However, there was a strictness of decorum, too, that prevented parents from communicating well with children. As mentioned by another editor, many children did not truly know their parents. That is, they did not know much of what was in their hearts. It is important to share some things of the heart with our children; while we should not worry them with our emotional or financial problems, children should be aware of some of the concerns and desires of their parents, for then they all can relate better to one another as a family.