Witness, first, this woman dragging a child on a leash through a Verizon store in

I woulda bit his curmudgeon off…
I woulda bit his curmudgeon off…

Georgia. A few weeks later, an Ohio woman was arrested after taking it upon herself to spank a stranger’s 2-year-old in a Salvation Army, then comes word that a shopper at a Georgia Wal Mart slapped a 2-year-old after telling her mother: “If you don’t shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you.”

What would YOU have done if your child had been slapped? For most, it’s a matter of fight or flight where instinct, fear, or perhaps latent anger overtakes us in ways we can’t foresee.

… then picked him out w/ my baby finger
… then picked him out w/ my baby finger

One never knows. When I was attacked in SF at 10am by a crackhead, I never suspected I’d curl up against a wall and take a few hits. More surprising, when my attacker came back at me a second time, I charged him, pointing to his face telling him to move or I was going to kill him (which he did). What caused those 2 entirely different reactions in me against the same offense?

Something else that crosses my mind regarding these public assaults masquerading as attempts to discipline a child is this: How often I’ve heard people from older generations claim, “What is wrong with kids these days?” I wonder if they recall the accepted, sometimes condoned violence against children of their generations? The fact that animal abuse laws were passed many years before child abuse laws speaks volumes.

Papa is my protector (& transportation)
Papa is my protector (& transportation)

It wasn’t until 1974 that Congress passed the first federal law protecting children from physical abuse. Whereas the first federal law against animal cruelty was passed in 1873! 100 years of difference, people.

The attitude that physical pain & punishment are necessary to produce discipline & moral character dates back to biblical times finding roots in the Old Testament: “Withhold not correction from a child…. Thou shalt beat him with a rod and deliver his soul from hell” (Proverbs 23:13-14).

Yeah! Clobber them w/ a gourd!
Yeah! Clobber them w/ a gourd!

I am appreciative that today people talk more openly about issues, there are support programs, therapy is no longer a dirty word, and repercussions & laws are known by society. I’m thankful to be raising my kiddos now.

But I got a little off subject didn’t I? That’s the ADHD kickin in dood.
Back to the Wal-Mart crazies. Surely these incidences provoked discourse for thousands, and hopefully people have a better idea of the actions they might take in similar situations, both as eyewitness & victim. So, to you I say Merry HOHOlidays, and if you see someone draggin’ a kid around this season, you know what to do!

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