A lot of us like to pretend that Black mothers are the only ones that go hard with the discipline…try this story on for size: Jessica Beagley was so desperate to get on Dr. Phil (blank stare) that she punished her son by pouring hot sauce in his mouth and giving him extremely cold showers. She was found guilty of child abuse and received a suspended sentence of 180 days, three years probation, court mandated counselling and a $2,500 fine. Considering that she could have gotten a year in prison and a $10k fine, she’s a lucky woman. Oh, and did I mention that this goon taped the abuse to send to Oprah’s former protege? I can’t and I won’t.
While this foolishness has a lot to do with the obsession with celebrity and the reality television culture, there are parents who punish their children in such a way because they think it’s the right thing to do. What sort of physical punishments did you deal with as a kid? Are there any of you out there who find what Beagley did to be acceptable? Is a cold shower so much different from a spanking or a full out as$ whooping? Do you plan to repeat your parent’s disciplinary routine or do you think there’s a better way? Speak!