Tuesday, 24 January 2017

DAMNED IF YOU DO, DAMNED IF YOU DON'T



 

blogging friend Joluise wrote a post about smacking a child.  Now I do not advocate smacking for every tiny infringement that a child makes, and as an abused child, I definitely can see where corporal punishment on a regular basis could lead to raising a nervous child who lacks self-confidence and who exhibits a fearful demeanour.

However, I do believe in the scriptures which admonish us to not spare the rod and ruin the child... and in practice, I have found an occasional but controlled smack over the seat of the pants, does no harm. In fact, it gives children boundaries. And perversely, it makes children feel loved because of it.

I remember a few years ago, my daughter and I went clothes shopping. Her 3 year old son ran amok in Target, knocking clothes off racks and running into people. We tried to restrain him, but he just continued wreaking havoc. People were giving us disgusted looks. Finally, in desperation, my daughter gave her son a quick and controlled smack over his bottom which brought him immediately into line.

Alas, she was confronted with angry looks and tut tuts from fellow shoppers for smacking him! Almost in tears, she remarked loudly enough for them to hear that she was damned if she did, and damned if she didn't smack him to bring him into line. Sometimes a smack over the 'seat of learning' works really well... but it is now a sad thing to be afraid to do it for fear of being reported to authorities. I feel sorry for young mums today...they are living in a world which mostly has turned its back on godly wisdom.  We are paying the price by bringing up children who rule us....


© Glenys Robyn Hicks

As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. Isaiah 3:12




2 comments:

  1. Its such a tricky thing. I tried very hard never to hit my children in public because of the react from others. I am so pleased my children are all grown up and this is no longer a problem for me but I feel sad for all those parents who are having to face this issue.

    But, whilst others scorn you for smacking, no one seems to notice when a child is sworn at by their parent and I find that really terrible. Some of the things I have heard in shopping centres is just horrible.

    Its good that more people are blogging on this topic.

    Have a lovely week.

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  2. I know what you mean, Joluise. People don't seem to realise that words can scar children as much as smacking...

    Children deserve to be loved and cherished don't they? Blessings!

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