The long-held belief that sparing the rod spoils a child has undergone an upheaval over the past few decades. Some contemporary parents who grew up under strict disciplinarians have rejected that concept and focused on an approach that attempts to use reason as one of the major components of controlling their own children’s behavior. Others who don’t believe that having been subjected to things like spankings were bad have continued that mindset with their children.
Given that there are positive and negative examples of the byproduct of such approaches, it’s difficult for either side to claim that their method offers better representation regarding parental discipline. Those who criticize what’s perceived as the softer approach tie such beliefs to all the mistakes that occur with respect to children’s behavior.
The problem with that particular attitude is that juvenile delinquency was clearly in evidence in past generations. However, with the massive growth in different media outlets that weren’t around in those previous eras, its prevalence tended to be focused within a much more narrow perspective.
A deeper understanding of the overall problem continues to this day, with past blaming that was absurdly directed at such things as the early days of rock music having mostly been discarded. In the modern day, the form of music that’s elicited similar complaints has been rap.
Of course, areas closer to home ultimately play larger roles in a child’s overall discipline. The two-parent household isn’t a foolproof approach, but the stability such a connection brings can often be an important factor. Often, the parents tend to have roles in the mold of good cop-bad cop, but when one of those cops is missing, that opening can often be the hole that leads to disciplinary issues and worse.