The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame.
Thelwall thought it very unfair to influence a child's mind by inculcating any opinions before it should have come to years of discretion and be able to choose for itself. I showed him my garden, and told him it was my botanical garden. "How so?" said he; "it is covered with weeds." "Oh," I replied, "that is only because it has not yet come to its age of discretion and choice. The weeds, you see, have taken the liberty to grow, and I thought it unfair in me to prejudice the soil towards roses and strawberries."
(Coleridge's Table Talk.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.