Following a really great event this week I found myself in the middle of a conversation about zero tolerance for fighting in schools. When is it okay for kids to physically defend themselves and the nuclear subject of the day, “should you physical discipline your children?,” translation “should you beat your kids?”
Now the conversation really got interesting. To say that everyone had a strong point of view would be an understatement. I would say that most felt that it was okay to spank, beat or discipline a child physically based on the discretion of the parent. This is not a new subject or conversation, but because of some high profile cases it has taken the local and national spotlight.
What's my point of view? Well let's see. I think I turned out to be a pretty good guy and I truly love and respect my mother. It would be an understatement to say that I received my fair share of spankings when I was a little boy. Like many parents, my mother truly felt that she was building character. Some people have said “spare the rod spoil the child” or “this hurts me more than it hurts you.”
We learn from our parents and most times we repeat what we experienced or learned. I think there is a better way and next week I will tell you why.