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ReBlog : Child Is Another Word For Punchbag
By TI3GIB @
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
You heard me. I saw this post on N00b's blog and I think it speaks a very important message. It talks about some very common parenting mistakes which a lot of parents fall in, putting blame on other things when a child runs into a wrong situation.
In the post, she gave this example ...
A child was running in the living room, suddenly tripped and hit his jaw on a table.
The mother comes running, picks up her crying child, and tries to calm him down: It’s okay honey, it’s okay, what hit you?The evil table?Don’t worry, I’ll hit the table!Atta! Bad table, Atta!
These children grow to have a very unrealistic sense of status. It teaches them not to take responsibility and it makes them think that most of the times people will disregard their mistakes or take blame for them.
She quotes the gentleman from the post saying that "Perhaps if you made the child understand that if he hadn't been running around, he wouldn't have hurt is jaw", which is a rather more rectified manner of dealing.
If I were to raise that child, I'd bitchslap that little asshole to death. What's he doing running around the house anyway ? Some of you might think that hitting children is the most severe solution or punishment, and that talking could be more efficient in making them understand their mistakes.
Idealistically, talking would work, but in a world where are all people who do talk, talk shit, the reasoning in your argument starts to withdraw. It takes a lot of time, it's boring and your butt cheeks hurt from sitting down too long. Let's not forget that children are stupid, they forget stuff and whatever you had to say should be long gone after dinner.
A simple hook or jab on the other hand would work marvelously. I could go an and explain why that would work better, but since you think I'm right about everyone talking shit, I'll assume that you think I talk shit too (you're wrong). Either way, here are two situations to put you in the bigger picture.
[ Situation 1 ] *Child Runs around the house and knocks down vase* Dad : Sarah ? *Seven year old Sarah runs enthusiastically into the room* Dad : Who broke the vase ? Sarah : I was playing with Jane and Laurie and we broke it by mistake. Sorry Daddy. Dad : Ohh Sarah, there darling .. It's okay, just remember that you shouldn't be running around the house, because you might 'hurt yourself'.
You don't need a masters in child psychology to know that probably it will take less than a week until Sarah "hurts herself" again (a.k.a break something more valuable than her).
[ Situation 2 ] *Child Runs around the house and knocks down vase* Dad : Sarah ? *Seven year old Sarah runs enthusiastically into the room* Dad : Who broke the vase ? Sarah : I was playing with Jan ... *PUNCH PUNCH KICK !*
Hopefully. Sarah breaks a knee or something and you don't have to worry about anything breaking around the house for at least six months. Maybe even talk to a lawyer, and sue Jane & Laurie's parents and get some money off of them, and treat yourself to a day in the spa and two vases where the broken one was. You'll have six months to come up with a new solution so it's a win-win situation.