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Tag: Discipline

Rudolf Diels, Father of the Gestapo, on Corporal Punishment

“The infliction of physical punishment is not every man’s job, and naturally we were only too glad to recruit men who were prepared to show no signs of squeamishness at their task.  Unfortunately, we knew nothing of the Freudian side of the business, and it was only after a number of instances of unnecessary flogging and meaningless cruelty that I tumbled to the fact that my organization had been attracting all the sadists in Germany and Austria without my knowledge for some time past.  It had also been attracting unconscious… Read more Rudolf Diels, Father of the Gestapo, on Corporal Punishment

Getting Kids to Eat, Lesson Two: Using Water

Johnny has been eating eggs a lot lately but I’ve been worried he hasn’t been getting enough carbs. Apparently Cheerios are now too boring to eat. And I know well that trying to force a kid to eat something is the surest way to make him loathe that thing forever.  This morning I tried a trick – whisking eggs, milk, and a little flavoring with some soft shredded bread. As I cooked it and noticed how mushy it was turning out I began to dread trying to get Johnny to… Read more Getting Kids to Eat, Lesson Two: Using Water

A Merry Little Soul

My one-year-old son, Johnny, is a merry little soul. I read a sentence somewhere about “the solid, unkillable children of the poor” and that reminds me of him. We are not destitute but Scottie and I both come from lower-middle-class families and Johnny has not exactly had all the advantages. He gets plenty to eat, people give him second-hand toys (but he loves the yellow duckie I got him from the dollar store best) and we keep his bedroom heated even when the rest of the house is cold. And somehow I was… Read more A Merry Little Soul