I enjoyed reading the column by Guy P. Harrison on spanking.
I know how haunting it is to see something like violence against children and not do something about it.
I’ve once seen a little girl of about five years old left inside the back of a car in the blazing heat of a very warm September day. The girl seemed to be either sleeping or passed out. Her little face covered with beads of sweat and there was a little white dog panting a on the floor of the car.
I was about 19 years old back then and went back into the grocery store and had the owner of the car paged on the PA system. I also had the police called but the lady left before the police got there.
I was too afraid to break the window open so I could open the door for the little girl.
I’ve personally been slapped across the face and was given the wooden ruler on a very few occasions when I had been insolent toward my mother but it was nothing crazy. Still it wasn’t right.
My ex-wife was never hit by her parents and was dead set against it and I must say that I’ve never slapped or used violence against my children.
I now know that you can do a good job, a better job in fact of raising children without the use of violence. Children can certainly get you to your wit’s end but there are other ways of dealing with it.