Fear vs. Respect
“Never raise your hand to your children; it leaves your midsection unprotected.” (Robert Orben) Regardless of how you feel about spanking children, everyone must acknowledge that physical force can only take you so far. There will come a day — before you’re ready for it — when your child gets too big for you to […]
Podcast #43 — SpankFree Parenting
On this week’s episode of “You Must Chill” Spanking has become such a hot topic of late, with news reports of star athletes being arrested and people coming out on one side of the issue or the other. Is it possible to talk about this in a calm and connected way without someone ending up […]
SpankFree Parenting Part 1: Can We Have a ScreamFree Conversation?
[Before you start reading this, please note: this article is a bit longer than what you may be used to. I’m inviting us all into a thoughtful conversation about an emotion-filled topic, and I find that hard to do in our modern brief blog format.] Years ago, when we at ScreamFree were just starting out, […]
Be a Good Shepherd
“It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it.” (Latin Proverb) Disciplining your children doesn’t have to be a terrible thing. It simply means providing them with teaching and instruction. Sadly, parents often take their child’s misdeeds as a personal affront. When we do that, we feel the […]
Can You Hear Me Now?
“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) A few years ago, the New York Times had an article suggesting that screaming is the new spanking. Few parents are really eager to punish their children harshly, but many of us feel completely in the dark as to […]
The Rod of Correction
“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” (Proverbs 22:15, The Hebrew Bible) Many people cite this proverb as a mandate for good parenting; sadly, many take it completely out of its historical context and end up misrepresenting the heart of its message. […]
Brand Spanking New Study
This week’s Time magazine features an article that bears mention. It’s called The Long-Term Effects of Spanking. Spanking is one of those topics that we get asked about quite often, but we do our best to skirt the issue. Why? It’s not because we are unsure of our position or anything of that sort. Rather, […]