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rant: A grumpy girl moment...





I've been thinking quite a bit about the whole fast&crap food/obesity thing... and it got me thinking that there's an awful lot of stuff that were perfectly normal parts of my childhood that are now under scrutiny as being bad for someone...

and it *really* pisses me off....

take the debate over discipline of children... when i was a kid, if i was being a brat, i got a quick smack... i mean, i'm not talking about a flogging at noon or something... just a short sharp shock that made me thing 'hold on, i'm being a brat' (or more likely 'owwie! that wasn't nice!' ;-) )... i honestly don't see that as being child abuse and i don't think for a second that it somehow screwed me up forever and a day...

and yet, there's all these people complaining that "kids these days" have no discipline and no respect for their elders...

you can't have it both ways... you won't have disciplined children with no form of discipline being enforced... and just telling someone they shouldn't do something is never going to work... children instinctively push at boundaries, and that kind of statement is like a red rag to a bull....

my mum is a nursery nurse, and apparently they're not even supposed to tell a child it's being naughty... cos it might cause irreversible damage to a fragile psyche... or something...

that's just plain stupid... how is a child supposed to recognise its being naughty if it doesn't have it pointed out to it?

i'm not suggesting the reintroduction of corporal punishment in schools, or that beating the living crap out of a child is even remotely acceptable... but come on....

i mean, there was even talk about making it *illegal* to smack a child in this country... wtf? i can (almost) guarantee that atlest 50% (and i suspect probably atleast 75%) of the politicians were subject to this form of discipline as children... are they saying that they are all damaged individuals?

yes, abuse needs to be spotted and stopped. hell, it shouldn't even start in the first place to need stopping...

but... argg... this is just making me angry.

For the record, my childhood was happy... yes I was naughty sometimes, who isn't? and yes, I was sent to bed without supper, wasn't allowed to watch tv, got grounded or some other punishment when i was really bad... it didn't make me hate or fear my parents. it didn't make me want to inflict damage, injury or death on anyone or anything. all it really did was enforce the concept of consequence of action...

ok, i'm gonna leave this here... i'm sure i could say more, but i'm not going to...

-end of rant-