There was once a time when an old saying went a long way and carried so much weight within neighborhoods: “it takes a village to raise a child.” Back in the day, it was true. So many of today’s adults carried with them a healthy fear of their parents’ wrath during their daily ventures. Before the age of modern technology, the blue twitter bird was the next door neighbor who would pull a child from their reckless abandon, whip said child and send him home to be whipped again–by mom and dad! This was a time when parents were not above a swift backhand to the mouth for sassing or backtalk, usually in public places like the grocery store, department store, hardware store, church, school functions, family events and the list continues.
Then suddenly, the use of brute force to discipline a child became illegal and socially taboo with all sorts of medical and psychological research to back the negative repercussions of what’s now become child abuse but at what cost? Or, are you new school parent that holds firm on this particular old school principle? We asked a few parents what they thought about physically disciplining children and here’s what they had to say!