If there is one subject that raises eyebrows more than any other, it has to do with raising children. Every parent has an opinion on how to do this and many people who don’t have children also have their own opinions as well. Sometimes, it can get quite heated.
That is especially the case when we start to discuss the different methods of disciplining children. Some people feel that it is not necessary to discipline them at all and others go to an extreme in another direction.
Of course, I think we can all agree that it is wrong to abuse a child but we still have a decision to make when it comes to how to discipline them. At times, this may even include disciplining children that aren’t our own when they are in our care. Such was the case in the following story about a woman who disciplined a child with a spray bottle.
My nephew is a rainbow baby. My sister had a lot of trouble conceiving and he was kind of a miracle. She was 42 when she finally managed to give birth. She was on bed rest for the last three months of her pregnancy.
My nephew is now six and, while I love him, he is a monster. He throws tantrums when things don’t go his way. He screams if he loses playing a game. He refuses to understand why he can’t ride my seven year old St Bernard.
And he thinks any food is his. My husband is diabetic and he loves cookies. I found a bakery that makes amazing sugar free cookies but they are expensive. I budget for them because my husband deserves his treats when he gets home from work.
My sister was visiting and my nephew was running around like a squirrel. He tripped and started crying so my sister picked him up. He saw the cookie container on the counter and started asking for some. I said no that they were special cookies for his uncle. I offered him a regular cookie or some fruit but he got all upset that he was being denied. My sister asked if he could please have a cookie. I relented and gave him one. He took a bite and said it was yucky and threw it on the ground. I was a little upset.
A little while later he came back and asked for another cookie. I said no. My sister said to just give him one. I told her no, he wasted the last one. He started screaming that he wanted a cookie. I stood my ground. He eventually went away.
Next time he came he didn’t ask. He just went for the container. I grabbed the spray bottle I use to keep the cat off the counter. I gave him a couple of squirts and said “NO”. He got startled and ran away. My sister said her son isn’t an animal to be reprimanded with water. The next time he came into the kitchen I put my hand on the spray bottle. He didn’t even look at the counter and he went away.
My sister called my parents to tell on me for treating her kid like that. They are mad at me for not giving in to the poor baby.