WHIPPING

Summary

Whipping, which may be taken to stand for corporal punishment in general is as a rule undesirable although advisable in some cases. There are other means of discipline that are more psychologically sound and better calculated to develop Christian character in the child.

Principles

1. Corporal punishment, including whipping, should be used if necessary, but only after other methods of discipline have been tried and found ineffective.

The mother may ask, "Shall I never punish my child?" Whipping may be necessary when other resorts fail; yet she should not use the rod if it is possible to avoid doing so. But if milder measures prove insufficient, punishment that will bring the child to its senses should in love be administered. Frequently one such correction will be enough for a lifetime, to show the child that he does not hold the lines of control. CT 116

2. Mild measures of punishment are usually preferable.

Whipping may be necessary when other resorts fail; yet she should not use the rod if it is possible to avoid doing so. But if milder measures prove insufficient, punishment that will bring the child to its senses should in love be administered. CT 116

3. One good whipping in a lifetime, properly administered, may be sufficient.

Frequently one such correction [whipping] will be enough for a lifetime, to show the child that he does not hold the lines of control. CT 116

4. When whipping is done, the child should be given to understand that it is not for the purpose of venting the rage of the parent or teacher, nor in the spirit of revenge or retaliation, but for the child's own good. He should be able to see that it does not give any satisfaction to the parent and that it is not done as a show of authority.

And when this step becomes necessary, the child should be seriously impressed with the thought that this is not done for the gratification of the parent, or to indulge arbitrary authority, but for the child's own good. CT 117

5. A whipping should not be administered unless the parent or teacher can first with a clear conscience pray God's blessing on the punishment about to be given.

Never raise your hand to give them a blow unless you can with a clear conscience bow before God and ask his blessing upon the correction you are about to give. 2T 260

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