What have you got to lose? April 30th is the NO SPANK CHALLENGE – one day to take a break from spanking our children. One day! That’s it.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that adults caring for children use “healthy forms of discipline.” Read about alternatives to spanking.
Spanking teaches kids lessons, but are they the lessons most parents want their kids to learn. Try giving it up spanking for just one day.
Bill Cosby joked about being abused as a child, and the punchline was “look how well I turned out”. That argument deserves re-examination.
Looking at my father I didn’t see the man who lay on my bedroom floor to protect me from the monsters in my dreams. I saw the monster. And I forgave him.
There is no evidence that beating kids in school does any good. There is plenty of evidence that it does a lot of harm. So why does it persist?
It’s time we rethink the act of shaming our children and labeling it discipline. Teaching children to manage anger is best done by modeling it ourselves.
So how does a man become a monster? To borrow a phrase from South Pacific; you’ve got to be carefully taught. Teach your son to be a man not a monster.