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Chapter 4

Uqsuralik Ottokie
If you discipline the child all the time, constantly, it seems that they tune you out. If they are doing something and you know nothing bad is going to happen, you should just let them be. Don’t discipline the child. You should only discipline them at appropriate times. If you have children, don’t discipline them all the time. Find the appropriate time to discipline them and they will start catching on. If children are disciplined all the time they start tuning things out. (Page 52)
Traditionally, the education of children was very different from today. Education started out first and foremost with respect, since people lived in small communities. That is why one would never see children making fun of others or bad-mouthing others. "Because we all lived in camps, I think that the people of my generation were far stricter. In those times, there weren't many children to play with." (Page 54)

In order to help a child develop his or her human potential, it was not advisable to take the child's defence in his or her presence. In doing so, the child might think that he or she could get away with anything, and that there would always be someone there to defend him or her. One should not defend a child too much, nor take their side, nor let them take control of a situation, "otherwise, they will think that they are never wrong." (Page 69)

One's way of dealing with children depended a lot on well-balanced discipline and on letting the child work things out for him- or herself. "If you exert too much discipline, he will rebel. Only when one administers discipline occasionally, the child will listen." (Page 52)