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Plymouth father is arrested for using belt on son, 12
Patriot Ledger ^ | April 30, 2005 | TAMARA RACE

Posted on 04/30/2005 6:19:34 AM PDT by holymoly

PLYMOUTH - A father who used a belt to spank his 12-year-old son over forgotten homework is facing a felony assault charge and an investigation by the state Department of Social Services.

Charles S. Enloe, 42, of 4 Cortelli Court, Plymouth, hit his son on the buttocks three times with a belt after the boy forgot his homework assignment at school, police said.

He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Enloe said he was surprised at his arrest, but that he doesn't blame police for doing their job.

‘‘I never knew it would be considered assault with a deadly weapon,'' Enloe said. ‘‘And it shouldn't be. It shouldn't be a crime if it's discipline. I know there are parents out there that abuse their children, but I'm definitely not one of them. But police have to follow the letter of the law. My father was a police officer. I'm not angry at them, and I don't blame my son.''

Enloe said he hopes the courts will dismiss the charge after reviewing the facts. ‘‘I have no previous record,'' he said.

He said his son is still living with him despite the incident. He and the boy's mother are divorced, according to the police.

The mother obtained a restraining order against Enloe on her son's behalf, but the order was temporary and has expired, he said.

‘‘The incident got blown out of proportion,'' Enloe said.

Police Capt. Michael Botieri said officers have more leeway about arresting a parent for domestic violence when an open hand is used for spanking.

‘‘When a parent uses an instrument to discipline, it makes it more difficult for us,'' Botieri said. ‘‘The belt pushed this over the edge.''

The incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, and left no marks or bruises, according to police.

The Department of Social Services is investigating the complaint after its Cape Cod area office received a report of suspected abuse on Friday. DSS spokeswoman Denise Monteiro said the allegation was made by a person or agency required by law to report any suspected incident of child abuse. She would not identify the person.

Police, teachers, health care workers and clergy are all required to report cases of suspected abuse in Massachusetts.

Monteiro said the case is not considered an emergency and said the DSS has up to 10 days to investigate the report. Monteiro said the department usually interviews family members, the child's pediatrician, school officials, neighbors and others. ‘‘The allegations have to be met with evidence,'' she said.

The boy told police his father hit him with the belt for forgetting his homework, and said he would be hit six times wearing just his underwear if he forgot his homework again, police said.

Fearing the promised punishment, the boy called his mother Wednesday when he forgot his homework a second time, police said.

The boy and his mother, Diana Dematteo of Sandwich, reported the incident to police Wednesday.

Enloe told police he used the belt to ‘‘lightly'' strike the boy three times on the bottom for disciplinary reasons.

His son had improved academically since coming to live with him in March and he ‘‘acted out of love,'' the police report quotes Enloe as saying.

Enloe was arrested and charged at the station.

Enloe pleaded innocent Thursday to the charge and was released on his promise to return to court on June 1.

Monteiro, the DSS spokeswoman, said that under the Massachusetts corporal punishment law, it is not illegal for a guardian to strike a child physically or spank a child so long as the child isn't injured or ‘‘left with a bruise, bumps, cuts and you would also consider the frequency of the punishment.''

In 1997, the Rev. Donald Cobble of Woburn found himself thrust into the national spotlight when his then 9-year-old son, Judah, asked a teacher not to send a note home about his school behavior because he feared that Cobble would spank him with a belt, as he had done before.

The teacher contacted social service workers, who found that this form of discipline posed a ‘‘substantial risk of injury.'' But two years and $62,000 in legal fees later, Cobble's name was removed from the state registry of child abusers after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court exonerated him, saying that Judah suffered only temporary marks as a result of the spanking. The case was closed.

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Charles S. Enloe...hit his son on the buttocks three times with a belt... He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

If a belt is a "deadly weapon", does Massachusettes require a permit to wear a belt?

What about suspenders?

1 posted on 04/30/2005 6:19:36 AM PDT by holymoly
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To: holymoly

by the time I was 12, my Dad didn't need a belt anymore for me....


2 posted on 04/30/2005 6:21:10 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (MikeinIraq in 2020!!)
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To: holymoly

Was Ted Kennedy charged with assault with a deadly Oldsmobile? I think not!


3 posted on 04/30/2005 6:23:12 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: holymoly

You only need a permit to wear a concealed belt.


4 posted on 04/30/2005 6:25:24 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: holymoly

A felony? Oh, please.


5 posted on 04/30/2005 6:25:34 AM PDT by putupjob
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To: holymoly

I could not imagine what things I would have done when I was a boy if not for knowing my father would lay me over his bed and strap my ass with his belt.

THANKS, DAD!


6 posted on 04/30/2005 6:26:31 AM PDT by HankReardon
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To: holymoly
But police have to follow the letter of the law. My father was a police officer. I'm not angry at them, and I don't blame my son.''

Nice to see that Mr. Enloe is taking the matter of his individual rights being eviscerated in such a polite manner.

7 posted on 04/30/2005 6:27:44 AM PDT by jla
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To: holymoly
THIS is the reason that kids no longer have any sense of right and wrong. When the unholy police state can arrest a parent for spanking one of their own children with a belt, and charge him with assault with a deadly weapon, you know that society is very near to collapse.
8 posted on 04/30/2005 6:28:16 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: holymoly
DEADLY WEAPON?

rolls eyes

9 posted on 04/30/2005 6:28:48 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: holymoly

A belt? Jeez! What pussies we have become. My dad used to use one of those old cloth covered electrical cords on me twice. That kept me staight until I went to college.

There was right and there was wrong and the cord was there to enforce discipline when I did wrong. Just knowing that was enough to keep me from screwing up once I felt it.


10 posted on 04/30/2005 6:30:11 AM PDT by speed_addiction (I like to watch the children running and squealing. You see, they don't know I am using blanks!)
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To: MikeinIraq
His son had improved academically since coming to live with him in March...the police report quotes Enloe as saying.

Makes me wonder if the dad isn't trying to correct some bad behavior the boy learned while living with his mother.
11 posted on 04/30/2005 6:30:21 AM PDT by holymoly ("A lot" is TWO words.)
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To: holymoly
Every time someone says "I blame the parents for not disciplining their children or where is the father" this is part of the answer.
12 posted on 04/30/2005 6:30:22 AM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Insanity.


13 posted on 04/30/2005 6:31:23 AM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: holymoly

possibly...

I didnt have this kid's surroundings as my parents have been together for nearly 30 years now....


14 posted on 04/30/2005 6:31:24 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (MikeinIraq in 2020!!)
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To: Piquaboy
"Was Ted Kennedy charged with assault with a deadly Oldsmobile? I think not!"

If only Old Joseph Kennedy had use the old belt on Teddy's behind a few times....Maybe Teddy would of turned out better.

15 posted on 04/30/2005 6:31:53 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: clee1
When the unholy police state can arrest a parent for spanking one of their own children with a belt, and charge him with assault with a deadly weapon, you know that society is very near to collapse.

They probably would have given my Dad the Death Penalty......I should have been so lucky to get the belt....I got the cat-o-nine-tails....!

16 posted on 04/30/2005 6:32:36 AM PDT by Jay Howard Smith (Retired(25yrs)Military)
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To: holymoly

Consequences should be outlawed!

If you are found guilty of imposing a consequence for somebodies actions, well then.....then....um...uh.....


17 posted on 04/30/2005 6:33:01 AM PDT by G Larry (Aggressively promote conservative judges!)
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To: holymoly

What's the statute of limitations on this? My old man and I could be in for some jail time.


18 posted on 04/30/2005 6:33:14 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: holymoly

This is so effen stupid it makes me wawnt to scream.


19 posted on 04/30/2005 6:33:25 AM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: speed_addiction; Jay Howard Smith

Hot Wheels race track. (Once, and that's all it took.)


20 posted on 04/30/2005 6:37:06 AM PDT by holymoly ("A lot" is TWO words.)
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To: holymoly

RE 11

My thoughts exactly!


21 posted on 04/30/2005 6:37:15 AM PDT by BBell
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To: Americanexpat

Amen. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Might as well just give up raising our kids and turn them over to the government. That is what they want, afterall.


22 posted on 04/30/2005 6:39:53 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Texas_Jarhead

An article like this makes me aware that this is why there are so many bratty kids today


23 posted on 04/30/2005 6:40:20 AM PDT by estrogen (ha ha Daschle is history)
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To: MikeinIraq
Twelve years old is way too old to get a spanking with pants dropped--especially for typical goofiness and irresponsibility. A twelve year-old boy is very apt to forget things, fall asleep in class, be flaky and ditzy and confused while his body is going on a hormonal rampage of growth and change. At that age a parent should be in a more managing role than a disciplinarian role.

If he's otherwise a decent kid, he needs positive reinforcement training at that age, and small "groundings" or other denials of priveleges for repeated idiocy.

24 posted on 04/30/2005 6:40:45 AM PDT by January24th (untagged and untracked)
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To: holymoly

The Mom needs some counseling about enablement. Seems she taught the boy he can rat out his Dad the next time he doesn't want to do his homework or disobey the rules....putting the authority in the hands of the child.... The article also states that the boy's grades improved when he went to live with his Dad.....who obviously disciplines him properly. Maybe Mom is jealous that she didn't do as well?


25 posted on 04/30/2005 6:40:57 AM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas .....wimmen!)
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To: holymoly
it is not illegal for a guardian to strike a child physically or spank a child so long as the child isn't injured or ‘‘left with a bruise, bumps, cuts and you would also consider the frequency of the punishment.'' ?????????

My father once gave me a richly deserved attitude adjustment (only one was needed) and it came in black & blue.

26 posted on 04/30/2005 6:41:10 AM PDT by Boston Blackie
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To: holymoly

There were 9 brothers and 3 sisters in my family, mother worked at home raising us. very often dad had to work a night shift leaving her alone to fend against us the best she could. We lived in the country, had to entertain ourselves, often inciting our mother's hand of discipline.

You may recall those embroidered yardstic holders, she had one magnetized to the refridgerator. She wood have us lay over her kitchen stool and wail our asses.

We took that wooden yardstick, broke it up and burn it with the trash.

We discovered in it's place was a 4 ft steel ruler, this was very quickly spirited out of the house by us boys.

A 4 ft piece of 1/2 inch nylon rod was next.

We left that be since we recognized the pattern of escalation. ( we suspedted dad was involved in the procurement) Mom seldom had to use it. And when she did, we well deserved it

Just a funny story I thought I'd share.


27 posted on 04/30/2005 6:41:15 AM PDT by HankReardon
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To: holymoly

Police states crush rights,
Spare the rod spoil the child,
Leftists rule the world.


28 posted on 04/30/2005 6:42:48 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: MikeinIraq
by the time I was 12, my Dad didn't need a belt anymore for me....

Similar here...but mom would get those little switches, strip the bark, and attack at the ankles. [Dang! I can still feel the stings. Cunning, too. They left whelps for a little while (but they would have disappeared before any officials might have arrived to investigate---but at that time, such things were parental perogatives, not governmental).]
29 posted on 04/30/2005 6:44:52 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: holymoly

As much as we need the police, there are some stupid cops.(Terri Schiavo and the 10 year old handcuffs) They can't separate book learned robotism with common sense. And to get protective services involved means this will plague Enloe foever.


30 posted on 04/30/2005 6:45:12 AM PDT by ggray97
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To: holymoly
In that case, wooden spoons should also be outlawed/sarcasm.

My Mom used to spank me with a wooden spoon on my buttocks. I'd take the belt (which was my Dads choice of punishment) any day over the wooden spoon. They really sting!

31 posted on 04/30/2005 6:45:35 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Boycotting movies since 1988)
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To: January24th

that is kind of the way my parents went with me, although I didnt really start having big time issues until I was 15 and 16 and that was because we were moving and I wasnt exactly thrilled....


32 posted on 04/30/2005 6:48:02 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (MikeinIraq in 2020!!)
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To: speed_addiction
Did you notice that "Hotwheels" tracks suddenly disappeared from the market?

Actually, though corporal punishment should be reserved for incidents of deliberate defiance, not childish foolishness and forgetfulness.

33 posted on 04/30/2005 6:48:48 AM PDT by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: TomGuy

well by the time I was 12, I was 5'10 and 200 lbs, so sometimes hitting me with something wasn't the best ideas for my parents.

of course, if I smarted off, my mother would slap the taste out of my mouth, and now I am only a smart@$$ to people I dont know :)


34 posted on 04/30/2005 6:49:15 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (MikeinIraq in 2020!!)
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To: Jay Howard Smith

Eric Idle: Who'd a thought thirty years ago we'd all be sittin'
here drinking Chateau de Chassilier wine?
Michael Palin: Aye. In them days, we'd a' been glad to have the price of a cup
o' tea.
Graham Chapman: A cup ' COLD tea.
EI: Without milk or sugar.
Terry Gilliam: OR tea!
MP: In a filthy, cracked cup.
EI: We never used to have a cup. We used to have to drink out of a
rolled up newspaper.
GC: The best WE could manage was to suck on a piece of damp cloth.
TG: But you know, we were happy in those days, though we were poor.
MP: Aye. BECAUSE we were poor. My old Dad used to say to me, "Money
doesn't buy you happiness."
EI: 'E was right. I was happier then and I had NOTHIN'. We used to
live in this tiiiny old house, with greaaaaat big holes in the roof.
GC: House? You were lucky to have a HOUSE! We used to live in one
room, all hundred and twenty-six of us, no furniture. Half the
floor was missing; we were all huddled together in one corner for
fear of FALLING!
TG: You were lucky to have a ROOM! *We* used to have to live in a
corridor!
MP: Ohhhh we used to DREAM of livin' in a corridor! Woulda' been a
palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish
tip. We got woken up every morning by having a load of rotting
fish dumped all over us! House!? Hmph.
EI: Well when I say "house" it was only a hole in the ground covered
by a piece of tarpolin, but it was a house to US.
GC: We were evicted from *our* hole in the ground; we had to go and
live in a lake!
TG: You were lucky to have a LAKE! There were a hundred and sixty
of us living in a small shoebox in the middle of the road.
MP: Cardboard box?
TG: Aye.
MP: You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in
a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o'clock in the
morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down
mill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out. When we got home,
out Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt!
GC: Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at three o'clock in
the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of hot gravel, go to
work at the mill every day for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad
would beat us around the head and neck with a broken bottle, if we
were LUCKY!
TG: Well we had it tough. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox
at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues.
We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four
hours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when we
got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife.
EI: Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night,
half an hour before I went to bed, (pause for laughter), eat a lump
of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill
owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home,
our Dad would kill us, and dance about on our graves
singing "Hallelujah."
MP: But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't
believe ya'.
ALL: Nope, nope..


35 posted on 04/30/2005 6:49:27 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: proudofthesouth

My Mom, from Ireland, had a flat, wooden hairbrush. Dad used the belt. I have a 4 an 6 year old now and merely mentioning a "belt swat" sends them into tears. I've only used it once. Now, I don't know if I'll ever use it again. Thankfully, the 4 year old can't read and while the 6 year old is an incredible reader, she doesn't read FreeRepublic--yet. ;^)


36 posted on 04/30/2005 6:51:11 AM PDT by eureka! (It will not be safe to vote Democrat for a long, long, time...)
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To: proudofthesouth

Yep wooden spoon from Mom....size 13 tennis shoe from Pop...spoon was worse.


37 posted on 04/30/2005 6:51:16 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: holymoly

LMAO, assault with a deadly weapon, LOL, if that's the case, my father should be doing life in prison! IMO every child needs a good whack once in a while, keeps them on the straight road, I don't believe in "time outs" PC liberal cop out. Thanks dad!


38 posted on 04/30/2005 6:54:16 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (If you're not part of the solution, YOU ARE the problem.)
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To: AmericanMade1776
If only Old Joseph Kenned had use the old belt on Teddy's behind

IMO teddy's the one that should have had the lobotomy, Mary Jo would still be here.

39 posted on 04/30/2005 6:57:43 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (If you're not part of the solution, YOU ARE the problem.)
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To: rockabyebaby
I don't believe in "time outs" PC liberal cop out.

I was watching a documentary about the brain (on Discovery or some similar channel) which stated that spanking works because there is an immediate release of adrenalin, which essentially "burns" the memory into the brain.

Sounded plausible to me. I can still remember spankings I got forty years ago - and why I got them. ;)
40 posted on 04/30/2005 6:57:51 AM PDT by holymoly ("A lot" is TWO words.)
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To: MikeinIraq
I grew up in a time reminiscent of a Bill Cosby line on his tv program, when parents still had control: "I can take you out and make another to replace you."
41 posted on 04/30/2005 6:58:16 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: holymoly
Hot Wheels race track. (Once, and that's all it took.)

Once! Me and brothers were beat regularly with the race track. :-) Thanks MOM!

42 posted on 04/30/2005 6:58:57 AM PDT by Bear_Slayer
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To: TomGuy

LOL...

my mom would say "I brought you into this world, I can sure as hell take you out of it"....


43 posted on 04/30/2005 6:59:41 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (MikeinIraq in 2020!!)
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To: holymoly
When I was 10 I put some paperbacks and socks on my rear inside my pants before my dad came in my room with his belt already released from his belt loops. After attempting to belt me he stopped and left my room. He told me later, when I was an adult, he was laughing so hard he couldn't go through with it.

Not to worry, he resumed his belt'n before the the night was through.

44 posted on 04/30/2005 7:03:39 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: HankReardon

LOL!


45 posted on 04/30/2005 7:05:19 AM PDT by PROUDAMREP
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To: speed_addiction
My dad used to use one of those old cloth covered electrical cords on me twice.

I got it with a gnarly peach tree switch, leaving welts. I deserved it.

46 posted on 04/30/2005 7:07:12 AM PDT by citizen (Yo W! Read my lips: No Amnistia by any name!)
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To: proudofthesouth

Yep, wooden spoon or wooden paintstick (yyy-ouch!!) was the mid-grade punishment (above hand-to-backside, but below the 'capital punishment' of the belt, administered by Dad....but only meritted once or twice).


47 posted on 04/30/2005 7:08:06 AM PDT by hoosier_RW_conspirator
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To: HankReardon

It sounds like you had good parents.

We have a 18" fiberglass rod. Very rarely used but the scare value works almost every time.

I suspect my kids will never be handcuffed for throwing a tantrum.

Sometimmes we co camping with some other families. When laying out the rules (fire pit, axes etc.)and boundaries, I always say "And for my kids, if any other adults catch you breaking these rules, they have my permission to yell at you. The other parents always chime in "me too."


48 posted on 04/30/2005 7:08:44 AM PDT by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: January24th
"Twelve years old is way too old to get a spanking with pants dropped--especially for typical goofiness and irresponsibility. A twelve year-old boy is very apt to forget things, fall asleep in class, be flaky and ditzy and confused while his body is going on a hormonal rampage of growth and change. At that age a parent should be in a more managing role than a disciplinarian role."

No, twelve is not way too old for a bare butt strapping. And its because of the very things you list about a boy that age. He needs things very basic and remedial so it won't be so easily forgotten. The boy needs to fear physical punishment. Between the ages of twelve and fifteen is the worse possible time to spare the rod.

Its a lovely thought, but to reason with kids is nothing more than trying to elevating them to your level as an adult. It sounds good in theory, but they are not equipped to handle it. A swift physical punishment get the attention and is not soon forgot. And it usually takes only one time to correct a situation. Repeated groundings and denials of privilege is for those parents that don't take raising their kids seriously and kinda just hopes everything turns out ok.
49 posted on 04/30/2005 7:08:49 AM PDT by whereasandsoforth (Stamp out liberals with the big boot of truth)
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To: HankReardon
My personal bane was a heavy leather razor strop.. (strap)

I too, burned it when I was about 12 yrs. old..

My father recounted tales of freinds that were actually horse-whipped when they mis-behaved..
( he also pointed out that it was considered "extreme" punishment even for his time, but not for His Father's time..)

50 posted on 04/30/2005 7:09:45 AM PDT by Drammach (Freedom; not just a job, it's an adventure..)
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