Advice to Parents

Indulge a child for the first five years of his life, for the next ten years deal firmly with the child.  Once the child is sixteen, treat him as a friend.

[lAlayEth pancha varSHANi dasha varSHANi thAdayEth /  prApthE thu SHOdashE varSHE puthram mithravadh AcharEth //

लालयेत् पञ्च वर्षाणि दश वर्षाणि ताडयेत् / प्राप्ते तु षोडशे वर्षे पुत्रं मित्रवदाचरेत् //]

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  1. A variant of these shloka is this from the Mahaa-nirvaaNa-tantra:

    caturvarSAvadhi sutA.NllAlayet paalayet pitaa. tataH SoDashparyantaM guNAn vidyAM ca shikSayet..

    चतुर्वर्षावधि सुताँल्लालयेत् पालयेत् पिता।
    ततः षोडशपर्यन्तं गुणान् विद्यां च शिक्षयेत्॥

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