‘You don’t spank children today…’
I saw these two links on Drudge today, and I was astounded.
Most of us get out parenting cues from our parents and grandparents, or at least that is my assumption. As a teenager and young man, I thought that some of the things my parents did/said were unreasonable. With the perspective that a few years can bring, I now realize that they mostly had it right. There are a few things that I will change, but generally I will look to my parents and grandparents as guides.
I was spanked maybe 3 times that I can remember; but it was definitely not often. Even as a five-year old I remember my parents and grandparents reasoning with me. If I ever got a “Because I said so.” as an explanation, I don’t recall. Generally we viewed that kind of a statement as a failure of leadership.
My parents were often criticized by other relatives with how they interacted with me. From the time I was 3 I picked out my own clothes, helped choose what we had for dinner, or what things we would do as a family. When these others would say, “he should wear what you tell him to wear, and eat what you serve; he’s a child.” My parents’ reply was “We’re not raising a child, we’re raising someone who will be an adult.”
You may not agree with them, but I seem to have turned out all right, and I think they had it pretty well nailed down. Now that you know my history, I can tell you I think there are very few situations in which corporal punishment is the solution when dealing with most children.
However, no judge in any of the several States has the authority (moral, legal, or otherwise) to make that decision for me, for you, or for that woman. We have let things get so out of hand, that a Judge can sit on a bench and tell someone how to be a parent. ‘You don’t spank children today,’
Think about what that means. What it really means.
Sometimes, I don’t even recognize this country anymore. Most of the time I don’t recognize the folks who call themselves “Americans.”
We may not spank children today, but we’re soon going have to put our servant government back in its place, and I suspect telling it put its nose in the corner won’t do the trick.
Might be time to cut a switch.
Long live the Republic,
-Cato, the American.