The Expiatory Cycle: A Guide for Thoughtful Discipline
by Robert V. Smith, M.D. and Jack D. Love, M.F.T.
The expiatory cycle is the original idea of my late friend and colleague, Bob Smith. It is a simple model intended to help parents recognize the profound importance of discipline. The expiatory cycle deals not only with the role of discipline in regulating and shaping your child's behavior; but also its impact on guilt, shame, forgiveness, reconciliation, conscience, and even self-esteem and confidence. Perhaps most importantly, the expiatory cycle provides a framework for strengthening the parent-child relationship. Since we consider the parent-child relationship to be the foundation for future relationships, we consider discipline to be the cornerstone of effective parenting.
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"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." William James