Spare the rod spoil the child
Monday, 29 June 2009
If you spare the rod you spoil the child. Many cases of parental abuse are now surfacing as families could no longer suffer in silence. Could these unfortunate cases be avoided if parents stick to the time test method of disciplining their children?
720 youths were referred to the Singapore Children’s Society last year because they were beyond parental control. Almost half of them have turned violent against their parents.
Last year the following adult children were jailed for hurting their parents:
- A 47 man threw a wooden dining chair at his 67 yr old mother for nagging at his young niece for refusing a bowl of hot porridge.
- A 22 year man whacked his mother’s head with a hammer because he was frustrated with his mother’s nagging.
- A 39 year old woman hit her 79 year old father after he tried to stop her from shouting at her maid.
Last week a young man kicked his 82 year old grand mother and threatened his father with a chopper because they refused him money.
One 69 year old man needed 7 stitches after his son smashed a ceramic flower pot over his head. His 30 year old son had been in and out of jail for drug offences and would hound the family for money to feed his habit.
In Britain plans are being made to give schools more powers to make students behave. Parents have been warned to keep kids in line or be fined
Soon teachers in Britain will be able to take parents of disruptive pupils to court under government plan which will be unveiled soon.
Schools will get stronger powers to ask for the imposition of parenting orders which could mean families being forced to attend classes to learn how to control their offspring.
A parenting order requires parents to take specific steps to control a child’s behaviour- including attending parenting courses or counselling sessions to ensure their children are at home at a certain things, or avoiding certain situations and people.
If they still fail to keep their children in line, they would face a $2,400 fine and a jail term if they do not pay.
What has happened to our society today? What has happened to filial piety? Advocates who claim that we should not use the rod on the child are terribly wrong. Look at the outcome of such teachings in our society today.
We should follow what the bible teaches which has been time tested since the beginning of humanity.
Children are commanded to honour their parents.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Exodus 20:12)
Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise; (Ephesians 6:2)
If you don’t teach them and cane them while they are still teachable, beware that they will turn around and “hammer’ you when they are old enough!
Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
As the Bible tells us:
“Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell.” (Proverbs 23:13-14)
“He who spareth the rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him correcteth him betimes” (Proverbs 13:24)