(Pro 19:18 KJV) Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
As I write I am seething over a recent set of deaths in my area. I don’t know the details but it involved two young people, a Facebook page and a lack of “discipline” (3256). The kids I teach tell me that one of the dead was the brother of a girl I had in class last year. Put that together with a parent meeting I recently sat in that is typical of public schools today and you have a recipe for disaster.
We have schools full of children that are running out of time because the schools are reinforcing the lack of discipline in the home. This verse talks about a lack of “hope” (8615b). Not teaching children self control means they don’t learn about cause and effect. This means that their future is already a closed book.
So? Teach your children. Encourage others to teach their children. Try to get schools in your area to enforce behavior. It is literally a life or death issue.