Friday, August 26, 2011 10:04:18 PM
I grew up perfectly fine with my only punishments being extra chores and losing toys. My parents never hit me, never forced me to consume something I didn't want to, never yelled at me, never made me take a cold shower, and yet I am well-adjusted, respectful, and have a fantastic relationship with my family. It is possible to raise children, even unruly ones, without causing physical or emotional pain. Children are to love and cherish, but that`s just how I feel, and my family feels.
Friday, August 26, 2011 11:42:13 AM
Hot sauce in the mouth not bad did she over do it...yes. Cold shower...yes she was just a B*tch you could tell. What ever happened to the old days of getting soap or hot source for talking back to your parents? I remember that lots of time growing up. The crime here is that she exploited her child and overly did things to make it better for tv.
Friday, August 26, 2011 6:51:08 AM
Abuse is hurting someone for no reason other than your own pleasure, or causing permanent mental or physical problems. As far as I can tell this woman was trying to find a way to teach her son to behave better. While her methods were extreme and in fact I would argue corporal punishment in general DOES NOT WORK, she was not "abusing" the child. Did she need some help? Without question. I believe that is why she went on Dr. Phil, for what ever that is worth. Did her method of punishment go past what is the norm for the area, probably. But it, at least in my opinion, was not abuse.