In response to related “anti-spanking” articles including: “Against Spanking”
Chastisement ≠ Violence
Rather, just physical chastisement serves to minimize violence and natural rights violations in a society.
In recent decades the anti-spanking movement has negatively contributed to the serious problem among our younger generations regarding their growing disdain for courtesy, respect, and responsibility toward their peers, elders, and society at large.
Chastisement of children associated with a modest amount of pain is NOT “violence” — on the contrary, such just punishment SAVES LIVES!
Just chastisement saves the lives of those undisciplined children who rashly run into the road while playing without learning to first check to ensure no vehicles are coming. Such chastisement also serves to save a law abiding driver from accidentally wounding or killing a child, thus also from facing great punitive emotional and financial damages for a tragedy they didn’t even cause.
Just chastisement saves the lives and property of those who would be victimized by undisciplined children who have tendency to set and play with fire without stopping to think that the fire could spread for acres before gotten under control.
Just chastisement saves lives of undisciplined children (as well as others) who are prone to resort to violence when they disagree with the viewpoints of other individuals. The growing trend of violent “protests” among the American youth exemplifies more fruit of the anti-spanking movement. Such behavior issues are certainly related to many “snowflake” children who are apparently so overly spoiled that they cannot emotionally handle disagreement. A spoiled child to this degree is a serious danger risk to society at large and are at risk of becoming prone to violence.
Known among cultures dating back to the origins of civilized societies, without a *modest* amount of pain being associated with disciplining a child, the correction is far less memorable and the child will be more prone to repeat the action requiring such discipline.
Another serious problem the anti-spanking movement has caused is the ongoing trend for “concerned citizens” (i.e.: paranoid citizens) to report parents who would dare to physically chastise their children in any way. As a result, there are countless cases where parents and their children have been through literal “hell” due to warrantless and reckless reporting of “child abuse”. Unless there is a situation of actual child abuse, all such interferences exemplify violations of our Natural Right to Parental Authority.
Again, no one with a sound mind suggests “whupping” or beating a child to the point they are seriously physically or emotionally wounded. This axiom is even documented in ancient texts like the Bible (Eph 6:4; Col 3:21), indicating a very long standing acknowledgment among various societies at large.
A modestly administered well deserved spanking does not equate to long lasting physical or emotional wounding. Rather, such correction serves to improve and even save lives, as already exemplified.
However, it appears that many among the anti-spanking movement have even asserted that NO amount of physical chastisement is warranted EVER. Many of these radical “never-spankers” honestly believe that ANY form of physical chastisement is to be equated with “child abuse”.
Yet, practical experience indicates these folks to be wrong and will continue to do so. People do not need so called “experts” or biased studies to come to a simple understanding of such truths which have been proven to be effective throughout human history.
Further, children are not ALL equal — they require varying degrees of chastisement, ranging from raising one’s voice, to a painless slap, to a full on spanking. But as typical, collectivist indoctrination has caused proponents of the “never spank” movement to ignore the fact that humans are all individuals rather than collectives. What works well as effective chastisement for one individual might not work likewise with another.
If one is not overly concerned with the potential of their children becoming spoiled to the degree that they might not give ample caution to various actions having great risk of hurting themselves or violating the natural rights of others… don’t ever spank your children and enjoy that new found faith in such contemporary “experts”.