I Have a Girl, But I’m Sure St. Bosco Wouldn’t Mind

I stumbled upon this quote below while visiting the Catholic Education Resource Centre, a fantastic resource for articles and information with a Catholic sensibility.

On the Disciplining of Boys: “There must be no hostility in our minds, no contempt in our eyes, no insult on our lips. We must use mercy for the present and have hope for the future, as is fitting for true fathers who are eager for real correction and improvement.”

– St. John Bosco

I was struck by this quote, since, as a new father of a toddler who has already begun testing limits and pushing boundaries, the issue of discipline is becoming more and more part of daily life. The quote beautifully expresses a simple–yet very difficult–approach to this important part of raising children.


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