In the 1960s, Political Correctness in partnership with the unproven theory of soft, obsessive self-esteem driven parents rewrote the rulebook for parenting in America resulting today in the “average” American parent that talks to his or her child less than five minutes a day.
Out went the soap that was once used to wash the mouths of vulgar children and teens leading today to the common use of the “F” word in almost every spoken sentence.
In addition, spanking (corporal punishment) was all but outlawed and identified as child abuse by many.
However, Religious Tolerance says, “Corporal punishment is strongly recommended in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).
Most of the biblical quotations advocating corporal punishment of children appear in the book of Proverbs.
“The phrase “spare the rod and spoil the child” is often incorrectly attributed to the Christian Bible. It does not appear there. It was first written in a poem by Samuel Butler in 1664.”
This video shows an example of the wrong way then the right way to spank a child.
Instead, Proverbs 13:24 says, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (diligently).”
Proverbs 19:18 says, “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.”
Proverbs 22:15 says, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”
Proverbs 23:13 says, “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.”
Proverbs 23:14 says, “Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell (Shoel).”
Proverbs 29:15 says, “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brengeth his mother to shame.”
The Old Testament was the oldest guide of parenting in the Western world used for several thousand years until the 1960s.
To be continued on April 26, 2011 in Recognizing Good Parenting – Part 2
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This post first appeared on March 19, 2011, at Crazy Normal, a blog about education, parenting and coming of age.