What has our world come to?

Bank robbers in a town I used to walk the streets of, Gunshots at a mall I used to spend almost every day in because I worked as an assistant manager there, and now this… this disgusting piece of filth that was brought to my attention by some of my friends on Twitter.

It’s a book, a 122 page book that once you have completed reading you will know how to beat your child into submission and what objects to use in order to do so. It is called “To Train Up A Child.” I had the unfortunate privilege of reading some of this book and I was literally shaking in horror. The concept is this… If you want to train a child not to do something then you hit it with a switch. In case you a wondering what a switch is, it is something to beat your child with… not your hand (because they need to make sure that they don’t associate your hand with something negative)

‘Select your instrument according to the child’s size. For the under one year old, a little, ten- to twelve-inch long, willowy branch (striped of any knots that might break the skin) about one-eighth inch diameter is sufficient. Sometimes alternatives have to be sought. A one-foot ruler, or its equivalent in a paddle, is a sufficient alternative. For the larger child, a belt or larger tree branch is effective.’

That is what the book describes as a switch, make sure that you select it according to your child’s size… btw the book advocates switching even a 4 month old baby, because they do SO many things wrong. My God, this is just delusional the only thing that I wanted to do with my 4 month old was hug them, love them and protect them.  I can’t understand the thought that would go into to any of this, this so called “religion.” The sad part about this is that there are numerous children’s deaths that have been linked to the book. The book was found in the homes of a lot more parents where CPS was called.

This was all brought to my attention after @adadcalledspen wrote an article to Amazon to remove the book. While I agree that children should be well behaved I think there is a right and wrong way to do it. This is clearly the wrong way.

I don’t know if our world was more simple when I was a kid. I grew up in Northern Ireland so there was the fair share of violence around us, but I feel like now people are taking it to the next level. Just like everything else in this world it feels like everything is moving at an amazing pace and things need to slow down a bit. I don’t want my kid having a cell phone at 8, or having a FB profile at 7, or any of the things that certain kids are doing nowadays. I understand that this is all based on each individual parent and I will be the parent that looks over everything my kid does, but I feel that it is our responsibility as parents to make sure that we raise good, wholesome children that will treat their children the same way. Think about it…. if everyone taught their kids the right lessons and the right way to act do you think we would have as much violence in this world? It really does start at home.

Basically what it comes down to is that people should treat children like children, nourish their minds and interests and look out for their well being. Things like the above book should be taken off the market and not even be considered a “lesson.” My kids will be brought up in a world that shows love and understanding so in 20 years when they are out in this world and they both stop to help you when you are walking across the street or your crying all I can say is You’re Welcome.

 

(If you agree with me and think that this book should be taken off Amazon (And Itunes) then send a tweet or FB both companies and let them know… like I did!!)

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