I grabbed my dad by the swim trunks. He plunged into the Atlantic Ocean and began breaststroking along the beach with me in tow. When the bubbles cleared, I saw all kinds of fish through my mask.
A parent shared this personal and emotionally charged story with great courage, honesty and insight. My parents wanted to be good parents. And often ended up in the county paper!
Physical or corporal punishment by a parent or other legal guardian is any act causing deliberate physical pain or discomfort to a minor child in response to some undesired behavior. It typically takes the form of spanking or slapping the child with an open hand or striking with an implement such as a belt, slipper, canehairbrush or paddleand can also include shaking, pinching, forced ingestion of substances, or forcing children to stay in uncomfortable positions. Social acceptance of corporal punishment is high in countries where it remains lawful, particularly among more traditional groups.
T here are many possible reactions to reports that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson beat two of his children. But all those are abstractions — the NFL as hypocrisyas undiluted power masquerading as moral strengththe normative state of the NFL at this point. The pernicious, toxic and inescapable lifelong effect of being disciplined physically — either to the point of abuse, or to the point that the distinction between acceptable and unacceptable blurs in your mind — is that you almost have to say you turned out fine, just to redeem the fact of being who you are.
By Ave Mince-Didier. Standing on the sidewalk with your three-year-old, she pulls away from you and starts running toward a busy street. To her, it is a game, but to you, it is a life-threatening situation.
Little Jimmy 's done it now. His dad is angry, and this is a crime worthy of far more than a Time Out. Daddy's getting out the belt.
Call me old-fashioned, but when I look back I'm thankful that my family spanked me as a child. There has been so much debate on whether or not spanking children harms them psychologically down the road. Studies have shown it does and it doesn't.
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story. While she was never spanked or hit by her family, she said her life was put at risk each time her dad turned the keys to his car, unbeknownst to her parents.