I feel like Adrian Peterson is truly sorry for his behavior. I think this is something that he and his wife should be dealing with privately. This is not a public matter. Any of you out there with children, can you honestly say you’ve never punished your child a little too harshly? Never screamed a little too loud or maybe hit a little too hard? Thought about things that you knew would hurt and decided to say them anyway? None of us are perfect. All of us have done things we have later regretted, thought things we never imagined would cross our minds, all in the heat of the moment and when chaos was surrounding us and we felt like we had truly lost control of the very people we had created. Parenting can be a real bitch.
Most of our parents used spanking as punishment. Whether it was with their hand, a switch picked from a tree, or (my Mom’s favorite) a fly swatter, all of us were hit. Most of us behaved better because of it. I have seen some bad-ass kids get some Act Right and start acting right.
I use to babysit my niece a few years ago. She would get very mad and walk calmly over to my wall, look right at me and bang the shit out of it with her head. A few times she came close to knocking herself out. So I decided to start spanking her. It was just a quick swat, over her diaper, followed by a stern No! and that was it. Eventually she figured it out: Every time she hit her head her ass hurt. It worked. She stopped hitting her head and I stopped having to spank her. What’s your opinion on spanking? If you despise spanking, what sort of punishment works best for you?