Smart Thinking Dad Calls Police to Supervise His Daughter's Spanking

Once was a time when it was "spare the rod, spoil the child," and now it's more like "use the rod, go to prison," so it's no wonder that a man in Okeechobee, Florida, was so nervous about spanking his 12-year-old daughter as punishment for getting into a fight with her sister that he called the police. He wanted them to monitor his paddling to make sure it didn't break any laws.

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While this might sound totally absurd, I don't blame this dad one bit. In fact, it was just a few days ago that a dad WAS arrested for spanking his son -- though reports say he left welts and bruises on the kid, which certainly gives the impression he was doing more than mere spanking!

Hey, it's progress and only right that children are treated as human beings with feelings now, because there was a day (a very long day) when they were not. They were seen, not heard. They worked long hours in dangerous factories at very young ages. They had very little supervision. They were also routinely beaten. So it's nothing but good that we've moved away from those times.

But the pendulum has swung a bit too far in the opposite direction. These days, children are precious snowflakes to be coddled, fussed over, and treated as monarchs who make the rules. We see kids have tantrums in stores and parents smile indulgently. We see parents start fights with strangers who dare to suggest that they perhaps control their child.

And we see the long arm of the law repeatedly reach into the lives of parents, arresting them for ridiculous things like letting their kid play alone in the park.

So who can blame this dad for not quite knowing his role?

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Oddly, Undersheriff Noel Stephen says that parents calling the police to supervise their spankings isn't that unusual, and that cops are willing to do it provided it's a slow day.

Reportedly, a cop did monitor the spanking.

Would you ever consider calling the police for this?


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