Sunday, February 22, 2015
My mom, my kids, and I were going out to lunch at Cheddar's a few months ago. Right as I was getting the kids out of the car to go in I heard a women yell out Get Up!!! over and over again. Then I heard, actually heard the child getting hit over and over and over again. It was so bad that my oldest boy was a little scared. After awhile I don't think the kid could have gotten up if he wanted to. I let someone in the restaurant know because I was concerned. I don't know what the outcome of the situation was but it made me think- at what point in a situation like this should you jump in or get involved. I understand every parent's right to discipline but at what point is it a concerning issue and when should you keep your nose out of it?
When I was little I remember getting disciplined with a paint stick that said Spare the rod Spoil the child. Was the punishment a justified one back in the day? Well must parents were doing it back then as well as schools- the principal had the power to spank a child who was a huge problem. I decided early on that I would never discipline by hitting, my sons get time out when they misbehave or have privileges taken away. I have found this type of discipline to be very effective.
What is your stance on discipline and what works for you and your children? Also what would you do in a situation when your witnessed a child being disciplined extremely?