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Manners and Morals

Manners and Morals

The importance of acting right

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

By George Moore More

Why you need manners

Sunday, October 10, 2010

By George Moore More

An Introduction

Friday, September 10, 2010

By George Moore

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Training 2: Punishment

Monday, December 07, 2009

By George Moore

What should we do to punish our boys?

In days gone by it was quite acceptable to beat them. We’ve heard about schools where beatings are a part of the curriculum, though that’s a little different from spanking for punishment. Me, I grew up with an occasional spanking my parents. They were humane about it—they spanked us on the thigh and they did it without heat.

These days they say you shouldn’t spank your child. I must say that it didn’t work very well with my kids, and as soon as I realized that it was teaching my older son to fear me, I quit. My second son was a harder nut than my first, so I tried it again, but when I spanked him, he just stared at me with a hard look on his face. I could see how resentment would quickly follow. I gave it up.

So what does work? Generally, it’s depriving him of something he wants. My second son loves television, computer games, anything with an electronic screen. What we do is take away his screen privileges for the day. This is effective, but it has a drawback. When he was younger, my wife and I worked at home and needed time to concentrate by ourselves. We couldn’t afford a babysitter, so we plunked him in front of some good movies, and so he learned to entertain himself by watching screens. Now, when he is punished by taking away screen time, I find myself called on to entertain him by reading or playing a game.

That’s not so bad, I suppose. It’s what’s called “quality time!”

Any ideas?
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