|Using a cane on a child's palm as a form of discipline|
loves to do the opposite of what she is asked.
When my girl is told to sit down, she stands up. When asked to keep quiet, she raises her voice; When told to eat; she says she is not hungry, but when food is cooking she cries on top of her voice for food. When everyone is quiet and is concentrating on something, she begins to read loudly and when told to stop making noise, she replies "reading is not noise."
Then again, she sucks her thumb, even though I tried everything possible, we couldn't stop her. When I wrap with celloplast, she pulls it off or throws so much tantrum that we end up getting it off to have our peace. This sucking happens when she is bored, while sucking, she has this habit of rubbing the elbow of whoever is sitting next to her and eh, this is so so irritating. When your elbow is being rubbed by that tiny five year old hand, you just lose concentration and it really gets on one's nerves. I have never seen her stop when one says STOP! She just continues with eyes closed until the victim looks for another seat. The annoying part here is when she follows you to the next seat.
While this cane seller was still doing her explanation and all, I quickly picked the smallest size for twenty naira. I was very happy when I got home and discovered that this little thing had the power of making my girl obey in a flash like lightening speed. It was all fun watching her quickly obey without being mischievous. Though I haven't yet used it, I sincerely do hope to. I will use that cane when occasion demands. I hear male children can be so full of energy and mischievous, but with girls, I think it's easy because they are soft and easy to control even in public. Anyway, that's what people say, that boys are difficult to raise. Girls like to help and obey without being compelled to.
However, with this my little girl, I think this cane has come in timely. Even though she hid it last night, I still found it this morning and we are all more relaxed not having to yell and scream before she obeys.
Now, question is, Should you smack your child? Do you think kids should be flogged as a form of discipline, or just grounded and kept at naughty corners since flogging is old school? Not that I feel guilty, No I dont, but, I'd like to know what you think.
Please share your thoughts.