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    Parents: Punishing Kids [W:361]

    With the recent news of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson being charged with child abuse in possibly two separate cases, I thought it would be a good time to pose the question of where to draw the line in punishing a child. It was always acceptable for me to get a spanking or slap when I was out of line as a kid, and that wasn't overly long ago. Now all of a sudden, Mr. Peterson is in hot water as a result. Granted, I was never spanked with a stick, but there were always some interesting objects involved. I just wanted to know if you believe it is allowable for an adult to use force that does not cause permanent damage in order to teach/ discipline their children. Please explain you answer.
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    Re: Parents: Punishing Kids

    Only with an open hand.
    If you need a weapon, you are a loser and have no control over your children.

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    Re: Parents: Punishing Kids

    Shouting at a child is generally very effective. If it's not working then maybe you have over used it for none problems. Maybe this issue you want to use force is also a none problem.

    Just maybe. Or perhaps your child is naughty. It might be best to stand back and have a think about it before you reach for the stick.

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    Re: Parents: Punishing Kids

    The day I even consider beating my children to the point that they bleed or the day I even considering hitting my sons in their genitals is the day someone should report me to the authorities.

    That's the difference I think between me & Adrian.

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    Re: Parents: Punishing Kids

    Quote Originally Posted by iacardsfan View Post
    With the recent news of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson being charged with child abuse in possibly two separate cases, I thought it would be a good time to pose the question of where to draw the line in punishing a child. It was always acceptable for me to get a spanking or slap when I was out of line as a kid, and that wasn't overly long ago. Now all of a sudden, Mr. Peterson is in hot water as a result. Granted, I was never spanked with a stick, but there were always some interesting objects involved. I just wanted to know if you believe it is allowable for an adult to use force that does not cause permanent damage in order to teach/ discipline their children. Please explain you answer.
    I myself was never spanked or slapped as my parents were believers in Summerhill type concepts of education. But I am not at all sure that is the only way to go.

    But there is also a real legal question there. Children are citizens and do have rights. Is it acceptable that the state forbid slapping your neighbor or employee but allow doing so to dependents?

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    Re: Parents: Punishing Kids

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    Only with an open hand.
    If you need a weapon, you are a loser and have no control over your children.
    Is there a reason that open hand is fine but some kind of instrument isn't? Or did you draw that line arbitrarily?
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    Re: Parents: Punishing Kids

    Why is it that parents have the right to assault their children in the first place? Why does it seem like children are the exception to every single rule when it comes to their rights?

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    Re: Parents: Punishing Kids

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    I myself was never spanked or slapped as my parents were believers in Summerhill type concepts of education. But I am not at all sure that is the only way to go.

    But there is also a real legal question there. Children are citizens and do have rights. Is it acceptable that the state forbid slapping your neighbor or employee but allow doing so to dependents?
    Is it acceptable to refuse all further contact with (and support of) your employee or neighbor? How about your dependents?

    With special responsibilities come special rights (and vice versa).
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    Re: Parents: Punishing Kids

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Is it acceptable to refuse all further contact with (and support of) your employee or neighbor? How about your dependents?

    With special responsibilities come special rights (and vice versa).
    So assaulting someone is ok if they are dependent on you? I'm sensing a logic blackhole. :/

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    Re: Parents: Punishing Kids

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    Is there a reason that open hand is fine but some kind of instrument isn't? Or did you draw that line arbitrarily?
    Don't be coy, you know what I mean. You use a belt, switch, branch or whatever beyond the open hand. You should go to jail.

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