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Old School Discipline or Child Abuse?

Soap for a potty mouth?

Washing your mouth out with soap… I bet you that you were there at one point in time as a child. Soap, hot sauce, whatever could get your parents point across when words were no longer enough right?

Last month I saw on the news a woman who was arrested for putting hot sauce on her son’s tongue as a form of punishment. While I didn’t look at the actual full story, or follow up with it… I started to wonder what the line is these days when it comes to parental discipline?

I mean, what was acceptable 25 years ago when I was a toddler would have some parents carted off to jail and never seeing their kids again. It is such a scary and thin line that so many parents, especially bloggers who live in the spotlight for the public to see are always waiting for something to happen.

Is washing a kids mouth out with soap abuse? Is it fully acceptable when words, and other forms of discipline have failed. I mean, some days I just wish there was actually a standard for discipline, a manual that your kids came with to make sure you aren’t screwing something up, or doing shit you shouldn’t be doing.

Pardon my french but these days I am certainly confused with the simplest parenting topics.

I can see how the whole hot sauce thing could be considered abuse… I mean, my almost four year old wouldn’t bat an eye at it considering he will sit down and eat a buffalo chicken pizza with me and not blink an eye… or the time he drank salsa… no joke!

But where do you think the line in the sand should be?

 

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