What this country needs is a good spanking! As opposed to a bad one I guess. Either that or let the darned Government take our kids at birth so the Liberals can raise them as little automatons. Kid, go to the frig and grab me some of that avocado dip and some organic imitation pork rinds! Be quick about it or I will replace you with a newer model.
Rant, rant, rant......
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
~ Winston Churchill ~
I was spanked as a kid and I think it worked. It wasn't one of these deals where a parent yanks you up and beats you, it was long, drawn-out torture. I'd be sentenced to the cane by mom and have to wait until my dad got home. Then he'd send me out to the back yard to get a switch. If it wasn't big enough I'd have to go back to get an even bigger one than he wanted to start with. It gave me quite a long time to think about what I did wrong. Ah, the good ole days.
I didn't like reading the line about kids having recourse if spanking crosses the line into abuse. I don't know about others here, but there was an age for me when I threatened to report my parents falsely on a weekly basis if I didn't get what I wanted. Thankfully my parents never caved, and told me if I wanted to go into a foster home I could go right ahead. Good for me I knew some kids that were in foster homes and they didn't make it sound too great.
Like Bryan, I was spanked as a kid. My parents went from spanking to using a cat 'o nine tails until I got bigger and fought back. Then my dad went to a wooden ruler, then a 1x2. When it became a 50/50 proposition for my dad as to who would win in a fight he went for the 2x4. I was about 16 then and my mom finally stepped in, yelling that we were going to kill each other if we kept it up. I didn't turn out too messed up. I wonder about things with my daughter now. As a general personality trait I don't yell or act out physically but my wife does. Does my daughter throw fits and smack at my face because she learned from her mom that when you get mad you do such things? I know some of it is kids being kids, but I wonder. At some point I think every parent is at risk of raising a punk. I'm going to try the talk-it-out-but-I'm-not-your-friend-I'm-your-parent route, for now. My wife's stepbrother is a punk who tells his dad he'll bust a cap in his face if he doesn't get his way, drinks in the house and does what he wants, and I think if that was my kid what would I do? You can't reason with this punk, he's too far gone and even laughs about how all he has to do to get his way is punch a couple holes in the wall. I don't know what my parents could have done that would have stopped me because I was like this punk stepbrother in a lot of ways.