Moms Talk: The Right Punishment Model
A recent news event got me thinking about discipline.
Kristi's Question: Where should we draw the line when it comes to punishing a child?
I had heard the story but didn't see the actual footage of the abuse until this morning while watching the news.
A mom in Alaska was convicted of misdemeanor child abuse for forcing her adopted son to drink hot sauce and take cold showers as punishment for misbehaving.
At first, it didn't sound all that bad—a little unorthodox maybe, but not too awful or disturbing. But the video she sent to Dr. Phil appalled me. I thought, "That poor boy!!" followed by, "Who the heck gave her the right to adopt a child!? This woman is horrible!"
With a 2-year-old daughter and a baby on the way, I'm aware the childhood years ahead will include a lot of misbehavin'. And while I'm not about to abuse anybody pepper-sauce-style, I also know you can't be so lenient as to let kids think they can get away with anything.
Where's the line? How do you approach punishing your child?
If you have a method of picking your spots as a disciplinarian, tell us in the comment section below.