Do you know how some parents reward bad grades with?
Do you know that some parents sit with their child while they do their homework. And do you know what happens (in some cases) when the child gets the answers within their work wrong?
The child is spanked. Or worse. In one case I read about, the mother lashed the legs of her child, leaving behind welts. The father forced the child to kneel on salt to inflame the wounds.
Both parents encouraged the child to do better during and after the punishments. Both parents said how much they wanted the child to do well in school and grow. Yet they used fear to enforce it, saying there was no room to grow through failure or mistakes. There was no room to grow honestly.
Is this child abuse?
Of course not! It is discipline. Plain, twisted discipline. And it is wrong. It takes a small chip out of your soul to hurt your child; make the child cry and come away from punishing them with the firm belief spanking is right.
The world is full of people who labor under the belief that spanking is right. Children are spanked and brutally punished behind doors as I write this; as you read this.
We need more patience and tolerance in the world. We need more people who are kind to their children and do not spank them.
The world would be a better place if it were filled with more people who love their children enough to stop spanking them.
The world would be a better place if adults stopped bringing the violence of spanking into their children’s lives.
The world would be a better place if you contribute to it; if you make an effort to leave spanking your children behind.
Stop hiding behind the excuse of love to spank your children, if you do. There is nothing lovable about spanking.