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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 1: A is For Awesome
Slide 2: B is for Babies
Slide 3: C is for Confusion
Slide 4: D is for Damned
Slide 5: D is for Discipline
Slide 6: F is for Faith
Slide 7: G is for God
Slide 8: I is for Infanticide
Slide 9: J is for Jail
Slide 10: O is for Organism
Slide 11: E is for Environment
Slide 12: M is for Milk
Slide 13: N is for Nursing
Slide 14: P is for Philosophical
Slide 15: R is for Remarkable
Slide 16: S is for Software
Slide 17: V is for Values
Slide 18: W is for Writer
Slide 5: D is for Discipline

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?