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To Spank or Not to Spank?

That is the question.

I've got many friends who are aghast at the fact that I believe that corporal punishment is an appropriate form of discipline for a child.

"You can't hit a child," they say, "All you're teaching them is that violence is an acceptible way of enforcing your will on somebody who is weaker than you. You have to find methods of correction that don't involve physical aggression, like Time Out."

Yeah, that's just the message I want to send to my kids. "If you don't behave, I'll be very disappointed in you and send you away from me for awhile." Like a 5 year old has any concept of time whatsoever. It's obviously less cruel to substitute life long fears of abandonment for a few minutes of mild physical discomfort, isn't it.

"OK, maybe Time Outs are a bit harsh, but grounding is OK, right?"

Oh sure, grounding is great. Except there probably aren't many 4 year old kids who would even realize they're being grounded. It's not like they're going to be hitting the malls anytime soon anyway.

"OK, grounding a toddler may be a bit ineffective; what about limiting TV or video game time, or taking away a favorite toy?"

Ah, sensory deprivation, the classic behavior modification technique.

In fact, let's do a quick review here; physical isolation, sensory deprivation, removal of cherished objects, and fear of abandonment by the world. Why does this list sound so familiar?

Oh yeah, it's how we tortured prisoners at Gitmo.

Imagine that.
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