Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Alternative To Spanking

My friend Jacquie sent us this forward and I thought there was some real wisdom to be had in it. The topic of spanking children usually brings up strong feelings in people; they either hate it or believe its the most natural thing a parent can do. Whichever way you lean, I hope you can approach this novel parenting approach with an open mind:

Tough Love vs. Spanking - Good Argument
From a mom...
Most people think it improper to spank children, so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they have one of 'those moments'.

One that I found effective is for me to just 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.


A Friend

This works equally well with

grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.


Just Me said...

Hilarious! I was wondering how eye to eye contact would happen while driving in the car!

RLE said...

LOL - that is so funny. Rhys keeps asking what that boy is doing - don't think he's old enough for me to explain that yet.

Mark said...

Eye to eye contact is very important - it helps the child know that you are there for them and that they are safe!