Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Modern Child Discipline

Children are the citizens of tomorrow, and how we raise them shapes the world of tomorrow. In truth, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Child discipline, therefore, is political. That is why the cultural left is ferocious about stamping out corporal punishment, and bringing all children at the earliest possible age under the formative influence of the government school system.

Mindful of this, I read this parenting tip in an email today.

Most people think it improper to spank children, so I have tried other methods of child discipline when mine have one of 'those moments.'

One method that I found effective is just to take the child for a car ride, and talk.

Some say it's the vibration from the car, others say it's the time away from any distractions such as TV, Video Games, Computer, IPod, etc.

Either way, my kids usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our car ride together. Eye to eye contact helps a lot too.

I've included a photo below of one of my sessions with my son, in case you would like to use the technique.


I personally don't recommend this method. For greater wisdom on the subject of child-rearing, I do recommend Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp (Shepherd Press, 1995), Withhold Not Correction by Bruce Ray (Presbyterian & Reformed, 1978), and the whole series of books from Babywise onwards by Gary Ezzo.

Harold adds:

Spare the hotrod, spoil the child, I always say.


Anonymous said...


I'm a trunk guy myself. If you leave the stereo off the kid can hear real well. I think the dark and the small space create a kind of womb flashback. And the tools seem to give the kid a sense of potential escalations

It's a shame what the manufacturers had to do to refrigerators. When I was young they had real handles and latches that couldn't be opened from the inside. With these dopey magnetic seals, they're no longer useful for disciplining a child. And the kids really seemed to prefer the fridge especially in the summertime.

David C. Innes said...

To any undiscerning reader:

Mr Sullivan is being ironic. Do not try this at home.