Discipline is different from punishment. Discipline is about understanding rules of safety, routine and acceptable behaviour. Discipline is doing what is right, for the greater good, for the benefit and well being of self and those around you.
Creating routine for parent and baby begins to create a pattern to the day. Once this is well practiced, it means that both parent and child begin to relax as they get to know each other because they begin to know what is coming next. As a child develops through toddlerhood, discipline is about completing tasks, even when you do not feel like it. It is about delayed gratification in some cases – e.g. “when you have tidied your toys away you can watch TV”, “when you have packed your bag for school you can choose a story book for bedtime” or “if you go to sleep at bedtime you will feel energized in the morning for school” and so on. If children learn to be disciplined about the daily things when they are young, it makes life so much easier when they are a little older and parents and teachers expect them to be able take greater responsibility.