In my book, Raising Your Future, I advocate a spanking a year for the young child. Now this may sit uncomfortably with those who are against any form of corporal punishment, and I don’t feel that’s bad. The parent has to interpret what he reads, and maybe he had a parent himself who abused this tool. Why should he go against his instincts?
This teaching method was used by a supreme teacher, Jesus Christ, when he advised, “If thy hand scandalizes you, cut it off.” Now nobody is going to cut off his hand, but he’ll get the idea of what to do with friends who lead him into sin.
I once had a teacher in college who advised, “You can’t keep your mouth open all the time. Sometimes you have to shut it.” He was speaking of the open mind.