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Discipline does not hurt children
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Editor, John Rosemond’s article in Wednesday’s Courier was right on the money. Today’s parents “unleash” unruly kids on innocent bystanders, showing their complete disrespect for others.
This behavior should not be tolerated and some form of discipline should be effective enough to stop the disruption. Or parents should simply leave so others can enjoy their meal, movie, outing, hike, etc. Ah,  maybe parents today think they have to molly-coddle and coax the kids into good behavior because a swat on the behind may damage little Johnnie’s fragile ego or some other horse manure like that. Truth be told, a good tearing up of the behind will deter most kids who have common sense and no known medical conditions.  
Heck, my mom spanked me whenever I got out of line (not often) and I turned out just fine. After a few spankings, all it was a crook of my mother’s eyebrow to let me know I’d been warned. I’ve never been to jail. I graduated and married before having a child. I respect others, drive the posted speed limit, help out my neighbors, practice good manners and call my parents at least once a week. My husband needed a few more spankings and restrictions than I did, but the structured discipline of the Army turned out a fine citizen. He served our country for 22 years.
So, that blows the whole “don’t hit little Johnnie because he will have issues” theory right out of the water.  
No one wants to go to an upscale restaurant to eat an expensive meal only to have it ruined by the shrieking, bouncing, undisciplined kids of irresponsible parents. Going to these places are for special occasions only, like anniversaries, birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc., and we want to enjoy our meal in peace and enjoy the atmosphere of the dining facility.
Case in point: Soon after the walk-in opened, my husband and I went to see an R-rated movie with lots of vampires, blood and guts, violence, etc. We settled in as the movie was just starting and our ears were assaulted by shrieking, bouncing and crying little kids sitting near us, and their parents kept right on chatting on their cell phones!  We tried moving, but by that time, the theater was full. We went to the manager and asked for our money back. We don’t pay hard-earned money to see a film we cannot enjoy and hear because of people bringing children to an R-rated movie. Disclaimers clearly state you must be 18 to enter. We haven’t been back since. We frequent the drive-in in Jesup and can roll our windows up if the cars next to us get too loud. Better still, we rent movies and watch them in the comfort and quietness of our own home.  
I also have a child, a daughter, who is now 21. We taught her at an early age what good manners are and to respect others. She says please and thank you as well. I had to tear her behind up a time or two and she turned out great. Graduated with A’s and a few B’s, has a  job, is not pregnant and helps out her neighbors. She’s well-adjusted.
I will close with this: “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” There, I said it. And I mean every word of it.

Marie Goodrich
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