A good friend of mine owns and operates a website called Midnight Lotus. It’s primarily a role-playing* forum in which you can create and organize either one-on-one role-plays and/or group role-plays. It’s also a place where people can share their artwork and writing, but a place where people can discuss pretty much whatever they’d like to discuss. I was spending some time on there and came across a thread discussing child discipline and I thought it’d be an interesting topic to talk about.
Over the years I’ve seen and read about many different types of ways people discipline their children. Some are praised for how they raise their children, while some are ridiculed. I’ve also noticed that ways of disciplining children has evolved and changed quite drastically over the past few years. When my parents were younger, even when I was younger, hitting was not seen as this cruel gesture, but as a way to get your children to behave themselves after they’ve been acting wrongly or gone against the rules that had been put into place. In today’s society, if you spank you’re child you’re seen as a horrible monster. It makes me wonder which method was actually better, if either.
Do you think that children were better-behaved with disciplined more severely or are they better-behaved now that discipline involves getting put on the “naughty step/stool/circle/etc.”? Personally, I’m not one hundred percent sure that either method really worked out well. I do, however, believe that some children today are stuck-up and think that they can walk all over their parents because their parents aren’t more firm with their discipline. That doesn’t mean that they have to spank them, but it does mean that some parents, in my opinion, are very lax when it comes to their disciplinary methods. But enough about what I think, what do you all think?
Do you think parents are too lenient when it comes to disciplining their children? What methods have you found to best discipline your child? And finally, how were you disciplined (if at all) as a child and do you think it worked well or did/do you recent your parents for the way they disciplined you?
*The role-play I am referring to is when someone takes on a role and identity of a fictional character that they have created—or in a fandom’s case, someone else has create—in which they determine the actions of their characters in a given situation.
Posted on June 25, 2012 by Felicia