While I was on my way back to work from the grocery store, I walked by three women. One of them was talking about a four year old, and said the following:
…and he hit his mom! So I slapped him in his face and said, “Don’t you dare hit your mother!”
I find issue with that woman’s actions (and am reviled by the pride and gusto with which she related them) for several reasons. I believe parents have the right to choose whether to spank their children or not, but to slap a four year old across the face, let alone someone who is not your child?
Even adults find great insult in getting slapped. And how do you teach a child not to hit when you “discipline” him with the same type of behavior you’re trying to change in the first place?