I came across the existence of To Train Up Your Child.
I have not read it, however, from the stories, such as this one, and reviews...well it is among other things, infuriating, gut-wrenching, vomit-inducing, nauseating, sadistic, and quite possibly downright evil. The authors of the book, Michael and Debi Pearl advocate various forms of corporal and demeaning punishment as soon as the child is mobile -- that's about six months old. The idea is to literally train the child in to the parents' servitude. But it's ok, they say, corporal punishment is advocated in the Bible. So it MUST be right!
**I'm not bashing religions, I'm merely emphasizing their justification for this behavior.**
What, Mike and Deb, nothin' to do down there in ol' Tennessee but smack around your kids? No dogs to do that to? No horses? No mules? What's that? Oh you did that already? And it didn't work? I see, so then, you tried it on your kids, and by golly, it DID work! Makes sense to me.
So go ahead parents, smack your six month old for crying in the middle of the night when you think s/he shouldn't be.
Knock your two year old around for becoming aware enough of themselves to being to make their own decisions about their surrounds (I want this toy and no one else!).
Muzzle your five year old for being excited in store.
And make sure to fully break the spirit of your 10-12 year old for going through puberty.
Congats, parents that read and implement the strategies in this book, you've successfully transformed your children into little more than dog slaves.