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A few licks good for kids

Published:Tuesday | February 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I write in response to the lead story in The Sunday Gleaner dated February 8, 2015: 'Spare the rod! UN committee calls for law to prevent parents from slapping children'.

Reading the title of the story alone made me yell, "Hell no!" I will never be the one to spare the rod and spoil my child. I believe that a child must be given physical discipline to teach them a lesson.

Now, don't get me wrong. I do not believe children should endure the full length of physical discipline, leading to them being injured or bruised. A good spanking should solve any problem. Modern-day approaches to disciplining children are not satisfactory. Taking away a toy, or decreeing no TV watching for a time is not. Proverbs 23:13 states, "Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die."

As stated by the head of the National Parenting Support Commission, Patrece Charles, there must be a clear definition of the term 'corporal punishment'. We must be able to identify when it becomes child abuse. I would hate the idea of seeing numerous parents being criminally charged or even having their child taken away just for wanting to simply discipline their child.

As a country that is so high on Christian beliefs, we must then adhere to the thing we believe in most: the Bible. Discipline is critical for wisdom, and I believe parents who aim to spare the rod and spoil the child will suffer the consequences of their actions later in life.

Until we can safely determine the difference between corporal punishment and child abuse, we must be careful in making a drastic decision on this issue.