April 24, 2003

Ya know, it's pretty bad when your kids are so awful they end up in the newspapers:

Two three-year-old twin boys who disappeared from home then reappeared hours later without their clothes had been off wreaking havoc in a neighbor's empty house, French newspapers reported on Thursday.

My brother and I didn't do things like that because we knew our lives would be effectively over when we got caught. And not over in a pleasant, quick, toss-them-out-the-window way, but a long, slow oh-how-could-you-do-this-to-your-mother sort of "guilt to death" kind of way. At least until Dad came home, then it'd be the mother of all beatings for sure.

I guess it makes me a barbarian, but I firmly believe that tightly controlled physical violence (i.e. spanking) is a valid and nessesary tool in a parent's arsenal. Not the tool of first resort, but definitely never to be excluded from the last.

But that's just me.

Posted by scott at April 24, 2003 12:03 PM

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Name me one time you got a "beating" I will admit to nagging and berating the two of you but "beating" I don't think so. Of course you guys didn't do anything to deserve it, as far as I know. I do not believe in beating a child, tight control, know where they are every minute, grounding for the rest of their lives but not corporal punishment. I do remember a teacher making a public apology to you because she lost her cool and slapped the wrong child.

Posted by: Pat on April 24, 2003 02:03 PM

Oh I could name several, but, seeing as how most of them were twenty-five, thirty years ago, "plausible deniability" will tend to kick in.

And I'm not saying that, looking back on it, I didn't deserve it. Far from it.

But they did happen. And I'm probably a better person because of it. Certainly better behaved.

Posted by: Scott on April 24, 2003 02:58 PM

Were these things I didn't know about? At this point in time I prolly am better off not knowing. I still don't believe in "beating". A swat on the bottom or on a little hand is sometimes necessary as a last resort. Of course these days Family Services can get involved in a minute a cause all sorts of havoc.

Posted by: Pat on April 24, 2003 03:31 PM

A couple of questions the article didn't address -how did these precious little ones get into the neighbor's house and where were their parents when their little darlings were on a rampage. How would they even know how to break in and do all that damage. James is three and he is in the den watching DVDs and playing with the doggies.

Posted by: Pat on April 24, 2003 07:13 PM

My precious little three year old is never very far from my sight, and WILL NOT leave my house without me, hubby, or someone I know and can trust.
For some reason, those parents need to be investigated and those children need to learn a big lesson in life. But if they're french, then that answers a lot of the questions why and how it happened.

Posted by: Cindy on April 26, 2003 08:26 AM
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