Lax Discipline: Laziness - or Myopia?
By Bryan Caplan
From the comments:
Troy, discipline is hard. People are lazy.
My guilty pleasure is “Supernanny”. Last week, she had a family with 6 kids to deal with (Supernanny said less than 2% of families have 6 or more kids).
The root cause of the “naughtyness” was that Mom was too lazy to discipline the kids, and dad was always at work. Supernanny got mom off her keister and dad to be home, and the kids improved greatly.
I don’t think “lazy” is the right adjective. After all, lax discipline means much more work for mom in the future. The right way to describe this mom is “myopic”: Failing to exert a small amount of effort today that will save her a lot more effort in the future.