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The basics of disciplining children – Part 4


September 10, 2017

As was true of the vast majority of pre-teens, my siblings and I spent a great deal of time trying to avoid disciplinary issues with our mother, and naturally we compared notes with fellow classmates. I was particularly impressed with one classmate (I’ll call him “Johnny”) who made the claim that, “I’m mature for my age, and I’ve never been spanked in my entire life.” Given my own experience with parental percussion correction, I simply had to check out the veracity of his assertion. If indeed it were true, maybe he knew something I didn’t.

When Johnny’s tenth birthday dre...

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