My parents definitely took those words to heart, so it is no surprise I happen to be the “discipline enforcer” in my home. I rule-out physical punishments, BUT I have been known to have sharp aim with a hairbrush or shoe when the occassion presents itself. (What can I say..sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!) HOWEVER, I am living proof that excessive discipline can lead to rebellious kids with serious authority issues.
(Hence my book, “101 Ways to Torture Your Husband” and my intense loathing of hardcore traditionalism and extreme conservatism.) I assure you, children eventually tire of unreasonable demands intense criticism. Balance is absolutely key to rearing well-adjusted children.
Now as far as “writer’s discipline,” I’m going to be brutally honest and say I find it extremely difficult to stick to a schedule. (Heck, I can barely make the deadline for my weekly blog!) Don’t get me wrong, I have always met my deadlines (those are non-negotiable for me) but I am not a disciplined writer. I truly admire authors who set out daily designated times to get their writing done. My husband would definitely be that kind of author. He’s so tightly wound he even schedules 15 minutes (no more, no less) in his work-day to do his facebooking! For me, writing is something that cannot be forced; it must come naturally –when the mind “feels” like being creative. Unfortunately, my mind often gets creative at 1am when my body is ready to go on a labor strike. While its not ultimately desirable, it’s worked for me so far! xo