Why is self-discipline a good moral value for parents to teach their children?Why is self-discipline a good moral value for parents to teach their children?

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marypmc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Self-discipline is a character trait that helps students behave responsibly.  It enables children to take action when it is called for without waiting for adult direction and without being dependent on adult supervision.  Self-discipline drives students to complete tasks and assignments on time and to strive to improve their knowledge, skills, and behavior. 

Parents who teach their children self-discipline are more likely to see their children demonstrate integrity and respectful behavior.  These children are rewarded with increased responsibility and more oppotunities to let their strengths and talents shine.  Children with self-discipline can be counted upon to do what is required of them in given situations and to do the right thing when outside forces may be pushing them in other directions.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Self-discipline is something that parents should teach their children because their children will need it in order to have good lives.  As they grow up, the children will need self-discipline so that they can succeed in their jobs and in their personal lives.

Self-discipline involves making yourself do something that you should do even if you don't want to do it.  This is important in work and in personal life.  Often, we have to do things to be prepared for our work or good at our work when we would really rather be having fun.  Often, we would rather be doing something for fun when we should be doing something for our families.  In both cases, if we lack self-discipline, we will do the thing for fun and neglect our duty.  This will make us less successful in our work and our personal lives.