Domestic Corporal Punishment

1 year, 10 months ago

Earlier today while I was on a bus a woman and two children sat in front of me. The children (about 4 years old) seemed to be very excited about being on the bus and one of them stood up on the seat to look out the window. The woman started yelling at the young boy to sit down and when he didn’t she grabbed his waist with one hand and slapped his rear-end about three times with the other. The boy sat down and started to cry, loudly. When the woman took out her phone the boy immediately stood up again. This time she grabbed his shoulders and pushed him down onto the seat and slapped him across the head, twice. I was horrified. I had never before witnessed a child being hit literally in front of my eyes. I felt incredibly empathic towards the child and started to imagine him being hit at home.

When I got off the bus I started thinking about domestic corporal punishment. Is it necessary? What does it achieve? Why do it? I drew the conclusion that it’s a ‘quick fix’. The parent instantly releases some of his/her anger and also inflicts pain on the child (the punishment). But this has adverse long term consequences, in my opinion. I’d like to think if the woman was more mindful the above wouldn’t have happened.

What are your thoughts on the matter?
Why do you think people punish children in this way?
Would you ever do it?
Any thoughts on corporal punishment in public spaces?
Any thoughts on a parent hitting their child versus a non-relative hitting a child?

May 17, 2013 at 11:11 am

You must sign in or join to reply!

Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 1 year, 10 months ago ago

@cosmicd46, I don’t think corporal punishment should be used, ever, for a number of reasons. First, it is primitive and backwards. Second, it is not even correcting anything really, it’s just the parent losing control of their temper. And lastly, I don’t think it gets the point across to the child to behave. It doesn’t help them understand why not to do something, why that behavior is wrong. All it does is teach them fear and ultimately resentment or even hate of authority. It teaches them that the strong have their way with the weak, and if it creates a strong enough pattern perhaps the beaten child will go on to become an abuser themselves, having been taught that it’s ok to hit someone like that, or having their own twisted revenge issues later in life. Either way I think corporal punishment has no place in the 21st century.

Reply to this topic
Click here to join the our site-wide 30 Day Dream Journaling Challenge! Challenge Yourself

More Posts Like This


Profile photo of Campfirecowboy What do you Fear?

As I was reading posts and responding to them I decided I wanted to get some input from you all on a topic that I toil over quite often. Everywhere I look I see things like “conquer your fears”, “fear...


Profile photo of Campfirecowboy The most terrible fear

I have an ongoing fear of insanity. Serious insanity, but it’s not that I’ll lose grip on reality – it’s that reality itself is the insanity. I don’t believe there is such thing as insanity,...


Profile photo of GuruKhan MDMA or Methylone

Okay guys, 2 grams of brown MDMA, due to my chemical backround im aware that brown mdma is possible and its a result of failure to wash the final product with acetone. Now to further explain this “mdma” i...


Profile photo of Campfirecowboy The Darkness

The Darkness Are you tired of this shit? Tired of your safe and mundane existence? Tired of pretending to care? What if you just gave up? What if you just did not give a fuck anymore? How liberating would that feel?...


Profile photo of LVX The Big Bang Theory Is Wrong

Every single individual atom is alive with a unique consciousness Your mind is the ruler of these atoms, whatever you think attracts certain atoms with a similar vibration and motivates them to carry on life processes...


Profile photo of LVX I Need Help Finding Quality Spiritual Literature

Hello everyone, I’m currently writing a piece of fiction whose story revolves around three spiritual topics: the chakras, yin and yang or polarity/duality, and the godhead or Tao. I have found a variety of...


Profile photo of LVX The KABALAH!

Since all the threads I have found on this subject are old, I felt the need to make a fresh one dedicated to this most awesome system of ‘Life’ study. Those who wonder what it is, please ask, and those who...


Profile photo of JustinDanger Sexual/Emotional Chemistry – Why is this so hard to find?

So prior to meeting someone in person I had already developed an immediate connection with them online. It was 2 hours of back and forth jibber jabber (nothing serious, just friendly discussion as if we have been friends...


Profile photo of Degrees Of Light [Official] The Damn Good Music List

One of the most beautiful songs I have heard lately is a remix of the theme song from Inception. Here’s a link: What songs/artists do you love?


Profile photo of Jazi Only way to relax…

My name is Criss and after smoking weed for about 7 years, I’m finally thinking about stopping. Just recently I started noticing that I’m becoming extremely forgetful. It’s only simple things but...


Profile photo of martha98 Happiness?

Is nirvana remotely possible for human beings? I’ve often been thinking about how happiness can become an everyday thing… and most of the time, it seems utterly impossible. How can someone be ultimately...


Profile photo of sian We Are All One, But Why?

I’ll leave this open ended…


Profile photo of aidan Life-Stories

Hi guys, I’m on this quest for myself, to know the mind of our society, through the individual. It would mean allot to me if you’re willing to share your story, long or short. What are the milestones in your...


Profile photo of BobbyDukkha Null Physics

So, from what I have learned in the past year the concept of nothing exists in relation to the concept of something. If nothing exists, then something therefore must exist. And if something exist, vice versa, nothing...


Profile photo of JustinDanger On the fourth blood moon…

So what theories have you guys heard about what will happen on the fourth blood moon? I heard it’s been known that everytime the world goes through the 4 blood moons something big happens in Israel (religious...