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  • Greg Blackwood

    I saw you and your liberal, judgemental comments on Dr. Phil on discipline/spanking. I am 48 yrs old. Corporal Punishment, not only at home, but school and everywhere else, was the way of life then. Respect was not asked for but demanded. Today, seems most young people have no respect or fear of consequences, due to lack of discipline. I remember when I was young, the only way you were going to stop me from doing something I wanted to do, was to physically stop me. Thank GOD above(of whom you probably don’t believe in or totally regard his word) that I had parents and educators and other relatives that loved me enough to teach through physical means to keep me from suffering some worse consequence later in life like prison. Oh I guess you say I am judging, right? Stop for a minute before you call my hand at judging and look in the mirror. I heard you clearly yell at a woman today and say she deserved to be in prison only for saying sometimes she would like to whip someone else’s kid even though she doesn’t. Who made you GOD and gave you that right to judge. To tell someone else they are wrong in what they believe. Are we still a free country? Well supposedly, but seems the new liberal way of thinking is freedom as long as it agrees with their extreme views. Before you formed your judgement on this woman, did you bother to investigate what some children are doing to warrant her thoughts. You said, “what will you do when that child is a teenager and bigger than you? Funny you should ask the question. Is this in total ignorance? Do some research in the 48 yrs of my life and see what statistics was then. By the time I finally was big enough to do bodily harm to someone(Again THANK GOD ABOVE!!!) I finally had learned respect. Sometimes, and I have heard on these liberal talk shows that this is wrong, sometimes respect is learned out of fear of what is going to happen. For me, I was able to learn respect for others. I don’t think that it is right for your kids other anyone else’s kids, to cause me harm because they don’t like my looks or don’t agree with me. Idon’t think they should be able to destroy my propery because you cannot control them and trust me maybe your kids are not that way but there plenty out there are! Let you judgements be upon you!!! Everyone should not have to suffer the consequences of your judgements and the way you have chosen to live your life and raise your family! Maybe, it works for you, but I guarantee this is not working for society as a whole. I hope that because of your beliefs ,that I don’t have to suffer the consequences of someone’s lack of raising. Again, let it be on you and all others that choose this! If you do believe GOD, and have any regard for his word, it’s not about what you believe. Search his word:

    Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
    Proverbs 19:18Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
    Proverbs 22:15
    Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
    Proverbs 23:13
    Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
    Proverbs 23:14
    Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
    Proverbs 26:3
    A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.
    Proverbs 29:15
    The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

    Hebrews 12:7-9 (King James Version)
    7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
    8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
    9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

    • You somewhat lost me with the biblical quotes but you are so right with your response to the egotistical response made to the young woman who understood how to discipline her nephew and wished that others would discipline theirs. Good for you.

    • Andrew

      Just because something can be found in the Bible doesn’t mean it is appropriate to apply to current times. Some examples:

      Matthew 15:4
      For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’

      Exodus 21:17
      Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.

      Leviticus 20:10
      If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife–with the wife of his neighbor–both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.

      Leviticus 21:20
      or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.

      I’m not trying to say there is no good lessons that come from the bible, simply that over time some of the practices have (rightfully) been left behind.

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  • Lauren Summers

    Seriously, enough with the bible quotes and god shit. Nobody likes to have religion shoved down their throat, nor do we like to hear about “how it was when i was a kid..”. It seems as if everyone that is above the age of 40 thinks that everything that was done when they were in our place was better. I disagree.

    Spanking a child terrifies them. It does not form a solution to the problem, it just causes them to be afraid of their own parents. Wouldn’t you rather your child stop throwing toys because it’s dangerous rather than stop throwing toys because mommy/daddy will spank them? Shouldn’t dicipline be about forming a solution and a reason for that solution rather that just causing them physical pain and walking away?

    When you hit a child for something that they did wrong, you give them the impression that they should hit others when they do something wrong. So if I mutter a curse word, does my child get to hit me?

  • Oliver

    I believe you totally missed the person’s point.
    Yes spanking might scare them but there are ways that you can affectively spank the child and cement the lesson that you are trying to teach them into the child while letting the child know that you are doing it for their benefit and that you love them.
    I am sorry, but try telling a child of 4 or 5 years of age to stop throwing toys cause its dangerous. They don’t always comprehend that. SOME DO BUT SOME DON’T. I emphasize that cause there is a disconnect with the idea of BALANCE. If your child doesn’t need to be spanked, then don’t spank them. If they do need to be spanked, then spank them. However, talk to the child first before doing so and try to help them understand why it is wrong. We all can agree on that I believe. We spank our children to curb the undesirable and (sometimes) dangerous habits that almost all children do from time to time. There has to be a way to get them to stop NOW so that they when they are older in the FUTURE they understand why these things are logically wrong. I understand that when the child is 7, 8, 9 years old, it is a huge embarrassment and i don’t know how i would do spankings at that age if I would at all. But, when they are 5, 6, or 4, you take them into another room in the house away from other people and you tell them why they are being punished, spank them (without doing any kinda of bodily harm), and then you tell them you love them and tell them again why you did that to the them.
    Now if we follow that form of spanking that i just described, the child will want to reflect this kind of punishment on their children, not on others because they will know that “ok, this was because I did something wrong, not another person.” and will not have any impression to hit others when they do something wrong because they have been explained that this is THIER punishment from MOMMY/OR DADDY, not to be repeated to anyone else.
    As well, I am happy you voiced your opinions, we all need to debate and think logically and emotionally to get through this world together. However, I believe the person gave bible verses to show that the bible says that you should discipline your children and that the bible is the Truth, the Way, to knowledge about God as well as what He wants us to do with our kids. Now I am a Christian myself, my position is that do with what you will your kids, however, spanking a child is not the end of the world as long as you do it for the correct reasons and that you don’t provide and environment of fear while doing it. Otherwise, some of your arguments are very valid, I just hope you take what I say into consideration.
    @Mrs.Gotllieb I love your blog posts they are amazing. I talked to you on twitter a couple of times and so I just love how you respond back =]!! I don’t always agree with you on somethings (maybe, i still haven’t read you for that long) but you are an excellent writer and have an incredible voice. I did not read the article of which these people are commenting on (even if there is an article that spurred the debate =] ).
    @everyone love each other and keep and open mind to ALL. God love you all.