"If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in quite a different world" - Christopher Hitchens
> Good to be back, but I'm only visiting for a few weeks. <
Obviously this advice is less useful for small people, but when do the police ever respond quickly enough to matter?
Doesn't have to hurt, just has to be a special little unpleasantness that compels the young brain to associate disapproval with certain of his actions.
No harm in it at all.
Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat
Although I don't deny myself the right to smack my kid on the hand at times, there's no way he'll receive the physical punishment I did as a kid. For a couple reasons. For one, by todays standards what my dad did would easily be considered child abuse. Maybe even by the standards of the 80s in which I grew up in. I never just got a few smacks on the butt with an open palm. I got 20 swats with a boat oar, 50 swats with a belt, at 12 years of age, my dad lifted me off the ground by the neck(with one hand) and slammed me against the wall, after I made a smart comment. I can't think of anything my kid could do, to raise that kind of anger in me. Whatever he did that would, would likely have him behind prison bars anyway.
Whether or not I ever have to spank the kid(s), will just be for immediate correction of a dangerous action that would likely harm him if I am not there the next time. As far as discipline goes, a dad big enough to give you everything can take it all away. And the crying doesn't bother me. If he's crying because he's being a pussy, I'll let him cry from sunup to sundown if need be. There's no need to coddle a kid just because they are upset about not getting their way. Just the other day he wanted a car from the store we were in. He got to pick out a car, and then when we were up at the counter, he said he didn't want that car he wanted a different one. He threw the car he had on the ground, so I took it back and put it up and he got nothing. He pitched his fit, and I let him. But he never got a car.
It's a contest of wills, ladies and gentleman, and I will win.
"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis
I may be wrong.