We hear terrible things all the time about kids out of control who murder or do something stupid like carjacking at age 14.  It’s all over the news and astonishes us every time we hear about the teen jailbirds. 

 

We hear terrible things all the time about kids out of control who murder or do something stupid like carjacking at age 14.  It’s all over the news and astonishes us every time we hear about the teen jailbirds. 
I hear plenty of people say that if their parents had disciplined them, they wouldn’t have committed the crimes.  Well, how far is too far when it comes to alternative forms of punishment for children and teens?  There is a New York mother who was arrested after she tossed her arguing children out of the car and drove around the block.  The big question is did she go too far? 
The cops say yes, but all over the country people are standing up for the woman.  The police department that charged the woman reported that they have received tons of letters from people who are outraged that she was arrested. 
I have often threatened to toss my kids out of the car, especially when their behavior borders on rioting and mayhem. 
Would I ever do it? I don’t think I would but I don’t blame that woman one bit for her actions.
When I was about 8 or 9 years old, my six siblings and I tore down my mother’s kitchen.  We had a grand time slinging food at each other, dumping out the flatware and cooking utensils.  The mess was horrible and we were very, very naughty children.  The seven of us were so terrible that we laughed at our mother when she stood us in the corner.
Needless to say, Mom told on us when the father figure came home from a hard day working construction. My stepfather didn’t want to strike us so instead he packed us all a small bag and made us walk to the bus stop.  He said that we didn’t deserve to live with our mother, who was so kind to take care of us.  He left us standing at the bus stop, telling us to stick out a thumb and hitch a ride to grandma’s house. 
Of course we boo-hood and cried.  He only left us there for a few minutes and we never made a mess like that again.
Dad often tried alternative punishments on the children in my family.  Now, when we get together and reminisce about those times we laugh and say that Dad taught us a good lesson. 
Once, he caught my sister Daphne hiding broccoli in her shoes at the dinner table.  It was her usual way of avoiding vegetables and she finally got caught.   Well, Dad said it deserved an alternative punishment and she was made to walk around the house with her shoes filed with the veggies.  She never did that again and ate all her vegetables from then on.  
My point is that sometimes a parent wants to make an impression upon their children.  Some lessons have to stick because it may save their life or keep them from harm.  Making them walk a mile or two won’t kill them and the lesson will stick better than taking away the television or cell phone. 
We have a whole generation of heathens walking the streets and creating havoc wherever they go.   They disrupt others and do more harm than good.  I don’t advocate abuse in any form but if parents don’t get serious about controlling their children, we won’t have any children to love. They’ll all be locked up in prison and doing time the old fashioned way.
The government may want to look at the larger picture when it comes to raising children.  Didn’t God say, “spare the rod and spoil the child?” Well, if it’s illegal to strike them then what else can we do?