What word or words mean firm guidance?I'm trying to figure out what word means firm guidance that would fit into this statemant.Good parenting requires equal shares of both love and _________, or...

What word or words mean firm guidance?

I'm trying to figure out what word means firm guidance that would fit into this statemant.

Good parenting requires equal shares of both love and _________, or firm guidance.

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the word 'discipline' is the best fit here. This is because it comes from the old Latin word 'discipulus' or pupil. We see the same prefix in the word 'disciple' as in the Disciples of Jesus - who were there to learn, with gentleness, from Him. So we see the idea of learning, rather than punishment or teaching rather than chastising. Of course, children need directing sometimes to keep them on a right path - that is our job as educators and parents. But I have always found that learning goes much further with security, reassurance and trust than with anxiety or fear of punishment. The ideal to aim for, of course, is to teach the child the most important thing of all - to engender self-discipline.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that there are probably a number of words that could fit into this statement (which is, by the way, very true in my opinion).

I would think you could put the word "authority" in there and it would work okay.

I think you could put "discipline" in that blank and have it work.  That is probably a better word than authority for that sentence.

I suppose you could put "punishment" in there, but I don't think it works as well as the other two because it doesn't really imply guiding.

So I think I would go with "discipline."