Yeah, in my high school years, I thought I knew more than my parents (who doesn't go through this phase?), I thought if/when I ever have kids (never did, but helped raising our neighbor's kids), I'm never going to discipline them, because I'm not going to be the bad guy. It wasn't until I was older that I realized my parents disciplined me out of love. They wanted to make sure I stayed out of trouble, and that if I did something wrong, there were consequences. Looking back, them disciplining me was the best thing for me. They were strict, but they were fair. And I got what I deserved, the punishment fit the crime. The last time I was really punished, I was 11. I told a lie, and when they found out, my punishment was pretty stiff. It was the summertime, so for a week, no tv (the biggest deprivation was no Sesame Street! ) and we had a pool, no swimming for a week. That got me where I lived. The week went by and I had to watch my siblings AND my friends splashing around in the pool, and Big Bird and friends had to get along without me. But they never had a problem with me lying after that. They were firm, they stuck to their guns, they didn't backpeddle at all, they didn't cut it down to five days instead of a week, no, I took it like a man. They had a rougher time with my sister. She went through a rebellious adolescence, and she got in more trouble than me, and her punishments were a lot more severe. But she learned too. She graduated top of her class in college in Nursing, got her Masters, now working on her PhD, but our parents discipline helped both of us. It instilled a strong work ethic, made us push ourselves hard, so all that discipline paid off. And now I respect the way our parents brought us up. It netted positive results. From my teen years on, the biggest battle I fought with my parents was over growing my hair long. That went on for years. Eventually I won (or they stopped fighting). I have no tattoos or piercings, so growing my hair halfway down my back was the most radical thing I ever did. But I stayed out of trouble and kept my nose clean.