Recently, a report of a Southwest Airlines flight flying from Dallas, Texas to Albuquerque told of an on-board incident where a mother was witnessed “slapping” a child. A flight attendant removed the child from the parents and the incident was reported it to Albuquerque Sunport Police. An investigation was done and the child was returned to the parents.
It would be an understatement to say that opinions on how to discipline children vary widely. Our family courts and child protective services agencies have their hands full with cases of children who are victims of abuse. While there is disagreement when it comes to the use of physical discipline, there is also disagreement by many people about what the police should have done to the parents in this case.
No matter what your position is concerning discipline, anyone who has raised a child to adulthood can tell about of at least one time during those years that they felt like they wanted to put their child through a wall. The question is, how do you prevent those times from happening and how do you handle it if you find yourself in that situation? The answer is, you have to have a plan. That plan also must be taught to the children. This requires communication as a part of a process of taking a child from a helpless little explorer that wants to expand his or her boundaries to a self sufficient adult that can take the good things they have learned and teach it to their children.
This column wil be the first of a series examining the discipline of children. Specifically this series will look at the traditional, historic, Christian-Judeo model of disciplining children. This model makes up the foundation of many of the laws, attitudes, and practices that are in use today. While some of this information may be controversial, it is intended to provide a better understanding of child discipline that will be of help to those that struggle with this important parental and caregiver task. This understanding will also help those who have not disciplined children properly to learn a better way of discipline. A way that demonstrates love, the process of reconciliation, and teaches the child how to behave through inspiration and not intimidation.
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