Peaceful parenting is slowly but steadily gaining acceptance:
There is no greater power disparity than that which exists between parent and child. An abused wife can leave her abusive husband and take most of his stuff on the way out. An abused drug pusher can turn his contentious encounter with the police into a winning lottery ticket. But an abused toddler has nowhere to go, no one to turn to. A parent is a child’s custodian, not his owner. Hitting any person other than one’s own child is battery. If it doesn’t get the assailant killed, it will get him cuffed.
That it is done behind closed doors hardly grants it justifiability. To the contrary, if a parent is worried what the neighbors will think about the severity of the physical punishment he dishes out to his child, what’s going through the mind of the helpless child on the receiving end? That might makes right, and when he’s mightier than dad, dad can go pound sand, that’s what.
Relatedly, parents who put their children in daycare have no leg to stand on when their adult children ship them off to a nursing home to deteriorate in their dotage. Mom chose work when the kids needed her. Is it not natural, then, for the kids to choose work when she needs them? You reap what you sow.
To the objection kids these days are going off the rails on account of a spared rod, fair enough. But a shepherd’s rod isn’t used to hit his sheep, it’s used to guide them and protect them from wolves. With the perpetual rise in single-parent households and decline in homemaking as dual incomes have become increasingly necessary to materially support a family, parental neglect is a large and growing problem. Instead of mom and dad transmitting norms and values to their kids, the kids are being raised by the wolves in their internet devices.
GSS variables used: SPANKING(3-4), YEAR, POLVIEWS(1-3)(4)(5-7)