this is going to be a bit tricky, because i know many people are very
opposed to spanking, but i wanted you to know how we handled it.
when our children reached a certain age and willfully disobeyed
us, they received a spanking. our motivation was primarily their
safety. when we said, "don't run into the street or touch the stove,"
they knew we meant it.
we also wanted to be able to take them lots of fun places and
not terrorize the people around us. we have had waitresses
run after us and say, "those are the best behaved children i have
ever seen." hard working people deserve respectful behavior.
the children were never, ever spanked for childishness,
accidental spills, or roughhousing, etc. those kinds of deeds
received timeouts, removal of privileges, or simply cleanups.
i'm sure there are parents who have successfully raised happy,
confident, respectful kids, having never spanked them. i just
don't personally know any.
i also know that spankings can quickly turn the ugly corner
to abuse, which is heartbreaking and despicable.
not long ago, when all the kids were home, i lamented that we
ever spanked them. shelby looked at me in horror and said,
"mom, i hate to think what we would be like if you hadn't!"
"the Lord disciplines and chastens those He loves,"(heb. 12:6)
is not exactly a refrigerator verse, but we don't get to pick and
choose the easy ones when we choose to follow Him.