Spanking as a Form of Discipline

11 December, 2011 § 1 Comment


PREFACE: I wrote this in response to an article that addressed discipline plans in the home. The comments afterwards were mainly focused on whether or not you should spank your children and what that should look like. These are my views on discipline in the life of a child.

“Childhood is supposed to be the age of safe failure; the age when they are educated in how to live, think and act in order that they will function in the home and in society in the best possible way.  A spank is a swift, disciplinary action carried out in a controlled environment in order for the child to know that their actions or attitudes are unacceptable and displeasing to the authority. In other words, we’re not talking about taking off limbs here. Some of you are under the impression that a beating and a spanking are synonymous, KNOCK IT OFF! It’s not child abuse to smack a child’s hand when they reach for the stove or power outlet, it’s grace in that you didn’t allow them sustain a more impressionable and permanent damage for their actions.  That said, not every action or attitude requires a spanking, just as not every attitude or action in life hurts physically, but each method of discipline (not punishment) should be used methodically, consistently, and with compassion in order that the child will know how to live, think and act in the culture of your home and society in the best possible way.”

PS: I was writing strictly in the context of an unbelieving home, but this model is contingent on a consistent standard of life, which only the Christian’s relationship with God through the scriptures can give.

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