Originally Posted by MamaInTheBoonies
I would never offer either of these, as neither addresses the safety issue. I tell my children, "Once your helmet is on your head, you may ride your bike." That is not a punishment, nor is it discipline.
You are not punishing nor disciplining a person when you require them to wear a seatbelt.
I cant see how this is any different from the second scenario.
If the child rides his or her bike without his helmet on. The family rule is that he must have his helmet on. HE disregards the family rule. You dont check to make sure he is wearing his helmet next time?
And it is discipline to have limits.
I also think that it is discipline to require a person to wear a seatbelt. But it is silly to argue such little points.