Corporal Punishment vs. Permissive Parenting
This argument has been on going for decades or dare I say centuries even. There are articles, quotes, and whole books written on this, an example would be “Spare the rod spoil the child” whose proverbial notion dates back to the King James version of the Bible pre 1377. There are even popular shows on television that highlight this debate. While history seems to be biased toward a firm grip on children, there are those old folk tales about spoiled princes.
The idea of using corporal punishment dates back centuries as demonstrated before, parents of yester year did not have the psychology that we have today. A good place to look at this would be the schools of previous centuries. The child committed a wrong doing they were firmly put in there place both psychologically through chastising the child and physical correction. The belief was that this would rear an “appropriate” child. To put it bluntly, when doing what is undesired starts to hurt the child will shape up to expectation. With a firm hand they did the school work and chores. These ideals have carried through the years and remain today. It is believed by dare I say many, that the parenting style that is devoid of the hand or belt will raise a certain “type” of child that may be undesired, like say “whimpy”, unruly, or just plain without any direction of right or wrong. James Dobson a conservative Christian Psychologist was a public advocate of corporal punishment, that a good belting could set any child on the path to righteousness. A popular late night television show on the network “Adult Swim” has a great example of this in a claymation comedy “Moral Orel” about a conservative Christian family. True, the show is poking fun but they are correct at least in that area.
There have been children getting spankings all throughout history, in many cases the child grows up just fine and well adjusted, but unfortunately not in all cases. The use of corporal...
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