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The ABCs of Babies
Posted May 13, 2010 to photo album "The ABCs of Babies"
Babies may be universal, but the way that society and culture has viewed the little darlings has changed through history.
Slide 5: D is for Discipline
Hence the need in Christian cultures for firm discipline, or to beat the devil out of the child. As the saying goes, “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” In 1732, Susanna Wesley, wrote to her son John, the founder of Methodism, telling him how she raised her large family: “When turned a year old (and some before) they were taught to fear the rod and cry softly.” Dr. James Dobson, the founder of the right-wing Christian group Focus on the Family is more enlightened. “There is no excuse for spanking babies or children younger than 15 to 18 months of age,” he writes. But he adds that if after experiencing corporal punishment the 19-month-old baby cries “longer than five minutes” the baby is “merely complaining.” Dobson advises, “I would require him to stop the protest crying, usually by offering him a little more of whatever caused the original tears.” Perhaps another taste of “The Rod”—$5 plus $1.50 postage and handling?