Spare the rod, spoil the child
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As a child growing up in the 90s, one of the most common phrases mentioned about the younger generations that I can remember was ‘children should be seen and not heard’, placing a strict emphasis on the idea of children being obedient, polite to others, rarely causing a fuss in a public location, whilst listening to and respecting their elders. Yet as time continues to move forward, and we notice a rise in television programmes where ‘super nannies’ go into households in order to save fractured families from ‘out of control’ children, we look to see if this ideal is still at the heart of parenting or whether the idea of reward and punishment has changed over time.
Spare the rod. Spoil the Child