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The rod and reproof give wisdom; But a child left to himself causeth shame to his mother. When I was a child, in our home, discipline was firmly in place. Our parents were authority, and the children didn’t challenge authority unless each of us desired a reckoning. I had no desire for such judgments. As a grandparent, I have seen way too many parents be controlled by the children. Corporal punishment was utilized by my parents, but never overdone. It needs to be utilized today by loving parents; without it, not only do the children have no discipline and respect instilled, but the children grow up to be adults without respect in a world where other adults take no prisoners (Prov. 29:15, ASV).