Guest Blog Entry
Anyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.
I have been taking a look at the blogs submitted over the past few months and I noticed one that was written about spanking. Mike tells the truth about spanking - he has never struck James, in fact, he is incredibly patient with him. However, I would like to point out that when James was younger, roughly 11 months to about 17 months, I would occasionally give him a light tap on the bum or I would tap his hands. Mainly I did this as a preventative measure, for example, if he touched a wire in the back yard or if he tried to stick his fingers in electrical sockets. I strongly believe that until you can reason with children you have to teach thm right from wrong in the best manner possible. Now, I fully agree with Mike that spanking would be impossible for me to do at this point in James' life. He is very well behaved and rarely needs any punishment. Time outs are enough, particularly because he is very sensitive and needs our constant approval. However, with the next baby I will continue to follow my instincts with regards to any punishments. It's hard to say though because I think I'm a little more laid back now and less likely to react out of fear, which I did with James. I was always terrified he'd get electrocuted or something horrific so I wanted to instill danger in his little mind. Nonetheless, I think we've done a pretty good job with James as he is the most wonderful little boy any parent could hope to have.
Taryn is responding to my blog entry about spanking I wrote in late January. I agree with her 100% on one point. James is the most wonderful little boy any parent could hope for. I'll be happy if the next one is 1/10th as good.
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