Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child…. ?

What a world we live in today with so many varying opinions on disciplining your children. In a world where you are inundated with information, it’s hard to find the simple answer when the world says “Spare the rod, spoil the child.”
This phrase has quite a long genesis. The coiner of the version that we use in everyday speech was Samuel Butler, in Hudibras, the satirical poem on the factions involved in the English Civil War, which was first published in 1662:

Love is a Boy,
by Poets styl’d,
Then Spare the Rod,
and spill the Child.

[by ‘spill’, Butler did mean spoil – that was an alternative spelling at the time]
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But God’s word says:

“Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.” Proverbs 13:24

A weary parent, or grandparent, can often do more harm that good spanking in frustration over the child’s continued actions of rebellion. But discipline is necessary. For all parties involved! 🙂

Let’s talk about what that means. Older women, please share your advice to our Mom’s playgroup! Moms, tell us what is working and what doesn’t.