Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Most of the world's people think it improper to spank children.
The other day I was talking to one of my younger buddies about methods used to discipline children.
We talked about 'time outs', grounding, holding back 'rewards' until the child displayed desired behaviour etc. One of the things we discussed was the act of spanking and my friend explained that no, he does not spank any of his children.
He explained that what he does is to take the misbehaving child out for a ride in the car and talk. He said that usually this works and that the child calms down fairly quickly and really doesn't take too much time.
By removing the child, in this case his son, from the immediate situation and providing a change of scenery, the child is allowed to focus on something different. Once the child has the opportunity to change perspective, things get better quickly and the child has better understanding of his place within the family and begins to understand the family's concept of acceptable behaviour.
He kindly provided a picture of the process which I share with you now.
Tommy's Mother looked out the window and noticed him 'playing church' with their cat. He had the cat sitting quietly and he was preaching to it. She smiled and went about her work.
A while later she heard loud meowing and hissing and ran back to the open window to see Tommy baptizing the cat in a tub of water. She called out, 'Tommy, stop that! The cat is afraid of water!'
Tommy looked up at her and said, 'He should have thought about that before he joined my church.'