Tag Archive: punishment

Aug 09

Forgiveness

Recently, my oldest child did something that shocked and moved me. I had walked into the living room and found something out of place that my kids had no permission to touch. Alex (nearly 7) was standing there when I discovered the misdeed. I got disproportionately angry, probably because of a lot of recent failures … Continue reading »

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Jul 29

No More Time-Outs!

Fellow dad blogger Chris Bernholdt (of DadNCharge) recently went viral with a post suggesting that parents put an end to play dates. Heck, he even got interviewed on national morning shows. I don’t think I’ve ever written anything good enough to get that kind of attention, but thinking about challenging modern middle class parenting conventions did … Continue reading »

Jun 02

Time-Out is the Wrong Disciplinary Sports Metaphor

Every parent in the Western world is familiar with time-outs. Used properly (e.g., as prescribed by 1-2-3 Magic), they can be an effective and useful tool for disciplining children (in the punitive sense). Why do we call them time-outs, though? …

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Nov 03

Right Punishment, Wrong Lesson

Sometimes public humiliation is an appropriate punishment. To wit: Women who stole from girl, 9, hold public signs of shame “A woman and her daughter are outside the Bedford County Courthouse holding signs saying they stole a gift card from a 9-year-old girl on her birthday…which the girl set on a shelf while a Wal-Mart […]

Aug 05

All The News That's Been Paid For

Perhaps, once upon a time, newspapers and other media outlets reported the facts with minimal bias, but that certainly doesn’t happen these days. What’s useful, informative, or really important often gets pushed aside for whatever is most entertaining, is least offensive to advertisers, or – worst of all – doesn’t reflect badly on the corporation …

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