Spare the rod and spoil the child?
Today spanking children at home is increasingly frowned upon, and in many countries a teacher that uses corporal punishment will most likely lose his job or even end up in court.
The result seems to be a generation of children that are behaving increasingly badly, and that totally lack good manners.
I was caned at school on both the hands and the bottom, as were many of my class mates and none of us hated our teachers. The first time that we carried out some forbidden act we were given a minor punishment such as writing out the same line 100 times, and we often received a warning at the same time that if we did it again that we would be sent to the headmaster’s office which meant we would be caned.
My father spanked me a few times but only when he considered that I’d done something that really warranted the punishment. Examples might be, deliberately disobeying him, saying something bad about my mother, bringing home an air-gun once and a flick-knife once.
I never hated my father!
Today, children that misbehave are now frequently given counseling and if that doesn’t help then they get prescribed Ritalin (or some other medication) in spite of warnings such as.
“Ritalin may have subtle impacts on cognitive and intellectual processes. Both parents and researchers have noticed that children taking Ritalin sometimes answer questions in ways that seem overly compliant or narrow, suggesting the drug might restrict creative thinking. One study found hyperactive children taking Ritalin offered less varied answers to open-ended questions”.
So what do you think?
Do you think that corporal punishment, or drugs and therapy are the answer to children that behave badly?