By Marie-Aimée Cliche, W. Donald Wilson
At one time, using corporal punishment via mom and dad in child-rearing was once thought of general, yet within the moment half the 19th century this start to switch, in Quebec in addition to the remainder of the Western international. It was once in this interval that the level of ill-treatment inflicted on children—treatment as soon as excused nearly as good child-rearing practice—was discovered.
This publication analyzes either the recommendation supplied to oldsters and the various different types of baby abuse inside of households. Cliche derives her info from relations magazines, studies and suggestion columns in newspapers, people's existence tales, the files of the Montreal Juvenile court docket, or even comedian strips. dates are given specific concentration: 1920, with the trial of the oldsters of Aurore Gagnon, which sensitized the general public to the phenomenon of "child martyrs;" and 1940, with the appearance of the hot schooling flow, which used to be in line with psychology instead of strict self-discipline and spiritual doctrine.
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When a child appeared to be less perfect or well behaved than others, he suggested that the parents should show it more affection and compassion in order to help it improve, just as they would care for a child who was ill. This was advice that modern psychology would not disown. Finally, this author listed several biblical quotations in praise of children’s obedience, but never cited those proverbs that mention the use of the rod. Instead he quotes St Paul’s advice: “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged” (Col.
Biblical quotations such as “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes” (Prov. 13:24) and “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Prov. 22:15) attest to both the antiquity and the legitimacy of the practice. The same tradition is found in Eastern countries. 3 With only a few exceptions such as Quintilian and Montaigne, Western advisers on parenting have long recommended that children’s misdemeanours be sanctioned with moderate corporal punishment to teach them the difference between right and wrong.
With complete consistency Nicolaÿ declared that discipline should come before persuasion and severity before mildness. 22 Some authors thought that the child should learn to obey even earlier, all the way from the cradle. No one suggested that babies should be beaten, but doctors did recommend resisting their whims to prevent them from turning into little tyrants. We should remember that these doctors were attempting to reduce the infant mortality rate by improving the quality of maternal care.
Abuse or Punishment?. Violence toward Children in Quebec Families, 1850-1969 by Marie-Aimée Cliche, W. Donald Wilson