Yeah, I suckered my hubby into writing something. Make sure you give him all some groupie love. =)
Just to let you know, this post was not meant to teach parents how to discipline there children.
I, Paul Sell, have been asked by my wife to occasionally be a guest on her blog. I thought that would be a great idea, until I realized, what would I say that might actually interest people. So, for the last two weeks I have been pondering a lot of different topics. Then, I took our daughter to Chick-Fil-A and my topic was shown to me, disciplining our children.
As I sat with Van, eating our chicken nuggets and waffle fries, I saw two of the most disturbing parenting techniques I have ever seen. Not more than 5 ft from me, a lady, (I'm going to assume the Mother) wanted her son to exit the play area and eat his food. Like most 5 year old boys (another assumption), he wanted to keep playing. Shocker, I know. I understand raising your voice, but this lady took it to another level. She starts yelling and screaming at him, and of course he yells and screams right back at her. I'm not morally opposed to people yelling at there children, believe me, I've done it a time or two. But I don't think it's fair to do it in public place and ruin other's people's dinner. Anyways, the child is not responding, what does she do, she whacks him right across the face. The kid staggers for a moment, and then keeps right on yelling at her. Is anyone else as concerned as I am about a 30+ year old woman smacking a small child in the face. What do you think? I really wanted to walk over, and ask her what was wrong with her?
The second thing I saw was more disturbing than the first. Apparently, a 4 year old child was pushing a 2 year old child. I know that's hard to believe, moving right along, the Mother of the 2 year old child grabs the 4 year old from behind the neck, and drags him around the restaurant searching for his parents. First of all, I assume when Van enters a play area, there is a good chance she is going to be pushed, pinched, poked, etc. This is how our children learn to associate with others, how else are they going to learn? Repeating what I said earlier, I'm not writing this to tell others how to discipline their children, and I don't think anyone else should either, especially this lady! I honestly was trying to imagine this lady dragging my child, and wondering what I would do. I can honestly say I would probably be inclined to punch her. Is that wrong? What would you do? Unless my child is threatening your child's well-being don't put your hands on my child. Remove your child from the area, ask my child to stop pushing yours, but do not discipline my child! Am I crazy? Tell me what you think. I need to know if I am thinking logically.