Is Corporal Punishment at Home Necessary?

Pack up the van and the kids, honey, because the world is coming to an end.

No, we’re not talking about the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, or snowstorms sweeping across the northwest.

We’re talking about the 17-year-old in South Florida who pistol-whipped her mother into buying her a new car.

When did molly-whopping parents suddenly become the way to convince them to buy vehicles?

And whatever happened to getting a job and saving money to pay for half, doing chores, or just simply asking?

For those not in the loop, the young girl was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, along with several other counts.

The mother said she searched her daughter’s purse and found drugs, drug paraphernalia and the pistol before the incident.

This situation happened for one simple reason: society’s rejection of corporal punishment. While Florida law recognizes a parent’s right to discipline a child with spanking, the action, like many other traditionalist views, is considered to be archaic and irrelevant.

Granted, corporal punishment is not the ultimate solution to every discipline problem with children. Sometimes, it’s too much spanking and not enough talking that leads to bitter, angry, frustrated children.

But the instances of children turning on their parents and even committing violence toward them are happening entirely too often.

We’ve seen it on shows like “My Super Sweet 16” on MTV, with spoiled children spending more money in a matter of weeks on diamond encrusted specialty dresses and washed up artists than most Americans make in a year.

This whole situation might be slightly less ridiculous if the girl had simply gotten involved with drugs and was still on a “bad trip” when she attacked her mother.

Or even if she was pistol-whipping her mother for a 2011 Mercedes. This girl beat her mom into buying her a 2004 black Nissan.

The mother told the authorities she didn’t want to press charges because her daughter was accepted into multiple Ivy League universities.

Harvard should be more selective in its screening process, so it avoids accepting parent-abusing weapon-toting children.

Spare the rod and end up having some girl pistol -whipping her momma. Shame.