What is discipline? It is absolute freedom to do what a person wants? Is freedom regardless of consequences? Does it mean corrective action after a problem occurs or a wrong is done? Is it imposition? Is it abuse? Does it take away freedom? The answer is none of the above. Discipline does not mean that a person takes a belt and beats up kids. That is madness. Discipline is loving firmness. It is direction. It is prevention before a problem arises. It is harnessing and channeling energy for great performance. Discipline is not something you do to but you do for those you care about. Discipline is an act of love. Sometimes you have to be unkind to be kind. Not all medicine is sweet not all surgery is painless, but we have to take it. We need to learn from nature. We are all familiar with that big animal, the giraffe. A mama giraffe gives birth to a baby giraffe standing .All of a sudden the baby falls on the hard surface from the cushion of mama's womb and sits on the ground. The first thing mama does it to get behind the baby and give him a hard kick. The baby gets up but his legs are weak and wobbly and the baby falls down .Mama goes behind again and gives him one more kick .The baby gets up but sits down again .Mama keeps kicking till the baby gets on his feet and starts moving. Why? Because mama knows that the only chance of survival for that baby in the jungle is to get on his feet. Otherwise it will be eaten up by wildcats and become dead meat. Children bought up in a loving, disciplined environment end up respecting their parents more and become law abiding citizens. The reverse is just as true .Good parents are not afraid of momentary dislikes by children to enforce the subject. Allowing a child to eat a box of chocolates could lead to sickness. At the same time ,the discipline of eating one or two pieces a day can be enjoyable experience for a long time .Our instincts make us do whatever we want regardless of the consequences. Freedom is not procured by full enjoyment of what is desired but controlling the desire.
1) What according to the writer is not freedom? i. Following strict discipline ii. Doing wrong things iii. Freedom to do whatever we want
2) How can we prohibit a problem from surfacing? i. By knowing the solution ii. By sharing it with others iii. By preventing it at the first place
3) Why do you think a mama giraffe kicks her baby? i. It is lack of affection ii. To hurt him iii. To make him independent
4) How can the parents create law abiding citizens:- i. By making their children love them ii. By giving them conducive environment iii. By supporting them in all their demands
5) What do you understand by discipline? i. Love for freedom ii. Appreciating firmness iii. Following strict rules forcefully
6) Which one of the following is true? i. Parents play a vital role in making children independent ii. Parents inculcate the value of discipline iii. Both the options
7) The author uses metaphor to compare discipline with medicine as:- i. It is an important quality ii. It is disliked by many iii. Both the options
8) Discipline and freedom are :- i. They are opposite . ii. They are inter dependent iii. None of the above.
9) The passage supports the view of i. Following our instincts freely ii. Living a rule bound life iii. Limiting our freedom for others
10) Discipline is an important virtue i. To lead a rich /affluent life ii. To be superior in the eyes of others iii. To overcome problems

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