BJ'S BLOG 11/17/11 "Corporal Punishment"
Yesterday during the Lukewarm Topic of the Day, we talked about Gene Simmons’s latest comments about Guns N’ Roses.
During an interview with Music-News.com, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons said, "GUNS N' ROSES could have been the best band in the world, and the reason they're not is because of [singer] Axl Rose. I mean, the drugs, the heroin, the alcohol and all that. But ultimately, it falls on Axl's shoulders."
After Gene was asked what Axl could have done to change his life, Gene said, "A good beating would have helped. I mean, when you misbehaved as a little kid and continued to do it, there was somebody there to give you a what for. Then when you become a grown-up, who's there to set you straight?"
Now I don’t think he was referring to an actual angry beat down but more along the lines of corporal punishment. Gene and I are close to the same age and we both grew up in a generation where if you were a boy being an idiot, you would get corporally punished. That is how you stayed in line as a boy, it was corporal punishment.
I would also like to say that I don’t believe in abuse and there is a fine line between trying to discipline your child and actual abuse.
Here is how I believe corporal punishment should be done:
Spanking is enough; Rock-a-holics yesterday called in telling us about how they were hit from belts to 2 by 4’s and I honestly don’t think we need to go any further than a spanking.
I also don’t believe that corporal punishment should be done to girls. My son would ask me why he got treated one way and his sister another and it’s because they are two different, unique individuals who learn and interact with life differently. I can’t treat them the same because they don’t take in life lessons the same way.
Once they get to an age where they are becoming young men, instead of corporal punishment, it becomes time to sit him down and have a man to man talk about his behavior.
My version of corporal punishment also involves harsh negotiations. I’m the kind of parent who believes that if my kid is getting into trouble with the law, I would want them to get arrested and learn the hard way that there are consequences for their stupid actions.
If he/she is behaving like an idiot, I would rather him/her be put in a situation where he/she gets the worst punishment like jail time so that he/she will learn never to do that behavior again!
Sometimes society tries to protect their kids so much that they never get the repercussions they deserve.