the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” is actually not the full phrase it actually is “curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back” so don’t let anyone tell you not to be a curious little baby okay go and be interested in the world uwu
Blood is thicker than water The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.
Meaning that relationships formed by choice are stronger than those formed by birth.
Another oft-misused phrase is “Spare the rod, spoil the child”.
"Rod" is not meant to be a literal rod or weapon; it’s not meant to refer to punishment in the original context of the quote (biblical). Rather, "the rod" is synonymous with "guidance". (Yet another shepherding metaphor in the bible, who woulda thought?)
Essentially, what the quote is meant to be saying that parents need to be there to guide their children in order to help them become productive adults, not that lack of punishment will make a child lazy.