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Discipline children

October 22nd, 2013 8:47 am by Staff Report

Discipline children

Most of the media and most states are against spanking children. Most of the states allowing spanking are in the South. The United Nations even wants to outlaw spanking children throughout the world. The U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child Treaty, if approved by Congress, would make it illegal to spank all children in America.
Just because a majority think spanking is harmful doesn’t make it so. Psychologist Dr. James Dobson said it’s beneficial to spank a defiant child. According to a 2010 Wall Street Journal article, spanking children makes them happy, a study at Calvin College found. The study found that teens who were spanked as children ended up with a “sunnier outlook,” were “better students,” had “more positive academic records and optimism about the future” and volunteered more than their unspanked peers.
In 11 behavioral variables analyzed, the never-spanked group never scored the best. This showed the never-spanked group was found to be more selfish, self-centered and spoiled.
The saying, “Spare the rod and spoil the child” has a biblical basis and is also true. Words without action prove very ineffective. We forget that indifference and not disciplining children are also forms of child abuse. Spanking isn’t the answer to all behavior problems but it’s beneficial if administered occasionally, especially when a child is defiant but should always be administered in a biblical, loving way.
The Bible speaks out harshly against parents who never restrained or displeased their children at any time. Many so raised children end up in an early grave. Parents follow the Bible and train up a child in the way he should go.
Parents please act now and save yourself the tears and that bitter regret of having to look upon the grave of your child that went wrong because you never disciplined him or ever said no to him.
D.D. NAVE
Elizabethton

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