posted on Feb, 6 2013 @ 04:43 AM
My 18 yr old was smacked (with my hand, and not hard) 3 times at approx age 3, first smack was for sticking her fingers into an electrical socket, 2nd
was for reaching up to grab a pot from the stove, 3rd was for running out onto the road...
These were all situations that she could have been seriously injured or killed and as well as the initial smack, she was told why she should not do
these things. After that, I never needed to smack her again, the tone of my voice said it all. I only had to use that tone of voice, usually only
had to say three words (Right, That's Enough!) and she would modify her behaviour.
She's a well rounded, well behaved young adult now, who has respect, is a model student and has suffered no ill effects from her early chastisement,
in fact she's very road aware for a teenager, always uses crossings etc so whilst I most certainly do not agree with beating kids because they're
doing something you don't like or because you're angry for whatever reason, I do think that early (and mild) intervention is an effective way to make
a young child understand that you are only trying to keep them safe, and with that lesson learned, good communication with your child as they are
growing up, leads them to actually listen to you as they know you only have their best interests at heart.
Edit And yes, just saw Saturn's post...removal of the computer and gaming equipment is a very effective punishment for the older child...my daughter's
room was never as tidy as when she lost her playstation controllers
edit on 6-2-2013 by destination now because: (no reason