By The Duke of Fremont Street
I am fairly certain that you, the reader, have read about the Minnesota Vikings’ football player Adrian Peterson’s suspension over the beating or whipping of his four-year-old son.
It was announced recently that he has just been reinstated by the Vikings after a brief suspension. Although I am not certain of the facts of this particular incident, the newsworthiness of this subject caught my interest. When I was a child this incident would not have even been considered worth mentioning. Today it is front page news. I do have an opinion on disciplining a child and I am fairly certain my belief is no longer popular, is considered archaic by the majority, and is most certainly viewed as “politically incorrect’’ in today’s degenerating society.
There is a timeless old saying I’m sure many of you will recall: “Spare the rod and spoil the child!” I am a believer in this old wise saying. When I was growing up I recall my parents telling me that if I got whipped or spanked at school, I would get it twice as hard when I got home. They meant what they said and on at least one occasion that indeed happened.
I vividly recall one St. Valentine’s Day when I was seven or eight; it got back to my parents that I had been acting up at school. My father ritualistically whipped me with a
belt that day, and yes, there were welts. I never forgot that whipping and never received a bad report from school again! Listen, I am not advocating a belt; however I do believe an open hand on the buttocks will definitely get the child’s attention. I’m sure many of you will consider me barbaric and that my point of view is no longer valid. To you I respond with the following statement: I cannot recall one single instance of a child murdering his siblings, his parents, his grandparents or his friends during all the years I was growing up, which was decades ago. Today, these almost frequent events are hardy considered newsworthy and are not as unimaginable or shocking as they once were.
We live in a world where children today are considered as adults by their parents and are reasoned with like adults. Yet they are Not adults, they are children! I believe the parents should be in charge at all times and that child-rearing is not a Democratic process.
In childhood children are formulating values that ideally the parents or guardians are responsible for instilling. While these values are being introduced and incubated in the child, the parents not only have the right but have the moral obligation to guide and teach their child. This can only be successfully achieved with the aid of discipline and respect.
How many out there have witnessed firsthand children not only raising their voice to their parents but even physically attacking their parents? When I was growing up this was inconceivable; in fact, to this day I have never so much as raised my voice to my 89-year-old mother. I believe this respect is due to her instruction, her guidance, her love — and her steadfast practice of disciplining me.
Incidentally I got the switch from her too on more than one occasion. I truly believe if you do not discipline your child, it’s highly likely that your child will grow up to be disciplined by the state.
This is happening frequently in our country today. The penal system is overwhelmed with a bulging population of undisciplined, lawless youths that are morally and socially incapable of contributing anything meaningful to humanity. You owe it to your children to discipline them or they will have very little chance of being independent and successful when they become adults.
My ‘Old School” unfashionable way of seeing things is a core belief that is unwavering and I strongly suggest that you, as parents, reexamine the validity of my point of view. You can comment on The Duke of Fremont Street Facebook page.