Last week, I was in Germany with a colleague from Texas. I offhandedly mentioned that my wife told me to arrive home after our 3-year-old son was asleep. She didn't want him to get all excited right before bedtime.My colleague asked me, "why not?" I said, "because he'll want to play with me and won't want to sleep." He said, dead seriously, "all you need to do is give him a spanking and he'll quit screwing around." I politely told him that I wouldn't be beating my child because he was happy to see me.His justification, like everyone else who spanks their child, was "I got it, and I turned out OK." Well, I got it too, and I turned out OK too, but that doesn't mean I don't think it's barbaric. Hell, I even got it in school. Back then, if you received corporal punishment in school, the last thing you'd do is tell your parents. They'd give you a second round at home. At least that is how it was in the 70's in my blue-collar Minnesota town.Yet, I thought that was the past. Sweden made corporal punishment illegal in 1979. I have a lot of Swedish friends and their children are all very well behaved. I figured, if corporal punishment is not necessary to have well-behaved children, then it simply is not necessary. So, when we had our child, we decided we would never use corporal punishment.Of course, corporal punishment isn't a thing of the past--all states allow corporal punishment at home within limits. More suprisingly, I found, is that 19 states still allow corporal punishment in schools.Can you guess whether they are red states or blue state?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Corporal_punishment_in_the...Seriously, Red States. It is time to enter the 21st century.
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