13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Punish them with the rod
and save them from death.
Discipline is the key to competence. This does not always mean punishment, but there are times when boundaries must be enforced. You may withhold punishment when it is called for, but life will not. It may not be easy to inflict pain for the good of a child, but it is cruel not to. The consequences of foolishness are far worse than the smack of a rod.