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  • Lord Smotherin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Flash back Ed!! Flash back!!! You and me alike.........didn't EVER do it again.....whatever it was........Cheers

  • DeeBee
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    'Forcible confinement', indeed. Children have been punished by spanking since the dawn of time, but, somehow, the human race is still here. My father spanked me once when I was a child and I still remember it, but you know what? I don't hate him! He was tired and frustrated and I was being stubborn and wasn't listening to him. Looking back, maybe I just deserved a firm talking to, but, as an adult now, I understand he was a flawed human being like everyone else and he wasn't immune to emotion. I've heard many theories on child discipline over the years, but I think it should boil down to the discretion of the parent and the disposition of the child, provided there is no obvious physical abuse, of course (broken bones, putting cigarettes out on the skin, teeth missing, etc.). My sister is raising her kids with the 'time out' approach. It was an effort to teach them that hitting someone is not acceptible in our society. Guess what? They learned how to hit others anyway... and, on a few occasions when they can't get their own way, they have no problem hitting her, something I and my siblings never did to our mother. I don't know how she's going to deal with them when they're old enough to do some damage when they hit other people. Your family is your family. In all but the most extreme cases, no one else will care about you as much as they do. Even if the mother gives your behind a reddening from time to time if you do something bad, the benefits from the rest of the time with her will make you forget about it. The so-called 'experts' go on about the trauma associated with physical punishment, but they don't really get into the trauma a child experiences if it is separated from the family unit, do they? Like when Child Protection Services removes a child from the custody of a family member where there is no abuse, aside from an occasional slap on the hand or a smack on the bum, and puts him or her in a group home where they're sometimes exposed to worse treatment. Strange that. Anyway, great article, Ed.

  • Lord Smotherin
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Flash back Ed!! Flash back!!! You and me alike.........didn't EVER do it again.....whatever it was........Cheers

  • DeeBee
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    'Forcible confinement', indeed. Children have been punished by spanking since the dawn of time, but, somehow, the human race is still here. My father spanked me once when I was a child and I still remember it, but you know what? I don't hate him! He was tired and frustrated and I was being stubborn and wasn't listening to him. Looking back, maybe I just deserved a firm talking to, but, as an adult now, I understand he was a flawed human being like everyone else and he wasn't immune to emotion. I've heard many theories on child discipline over the years, but I think it should boil down to the discretion of the parent and the disposition of the child, provided there is no obvious physical abuse, of course (broken bones, putting cigarettes out on the skin, teeth missing, etc.). My sister is raising her kids with the 'time out' approach. It was an effort to teach them that hitting someone is not acceptible in our society. Guess what? They learned how to hit others anyway... and, on a few occasions when they can't get their own way, they have no problem hitting her, something I and my siblings never did to our mother. I don't know how she's going to deal with them when they're old enough to do some damage when they hit other people. Your family is your family. In all but the most extreme cases, no one else will care about you as much as they do. Even if the mother gives your behind a reddening from time to time if you do something bad, the benefits from the rest of the time with her will make you forget about it. The so-called 'experts' go on about the trauma associated with physical punishment, but they don't really get into the trauma a child experiences if it is separated from the family unit, do they? Like when Child Protection Services removes a child from the custody of a family member where there is no abuse, aside from an occasional slap on the hand or a smack on the bum, and puts him or her in a group home where they're sometimes exposed to worse treatment. Strange that. Anyway, great article, Ed.