So here’s the scenario: you got married and now you’re at one of those crossroads: your spouse, in your opinion, is spending recklessly. Going out to the bar or the coffee shop too often. Buying new clothes or shoes all the time when the old ones are still fine. And this behaviour didn’t stop last month when the two of you both suddenly became unemployed. It has to stop right? You’ve had “the talks” before, but the behaviours just don’t seem to change. Each Monday rolls around, you check the finances and AGAIN the spending is still there. What should you do? Of course the clear, evidence based answer here is beat your spouse. Now I know, you should beat too hard, just enough so they get the message and learn from their…. Wait, WTF?
Are you buying this? I doubt it. But let’s step back a page and replace all instances of spouse with child. Sound familiar? Just a light little spanking. Just a light hit so they understand “who’s in charge.” In what universe does this sound healthy? If your spouse beat you (light it not), what would you do? You’d either hit back or leave. But what can a child do? NEITHER! Think about the cognitive dissonance when a child looks at you, the primary caregiver, the person in the world to trust, the comforter, and also sits in a state of fear because you also beat them.
And don’t for a minute sugar coat it. I use the word beat because that’s what it is. Spanking, since we have grown up around it, in some cases doesn’t sound that bad, right? Call it whatever you want. Beating is beating. Don’t rationalize it.
So what can you do?
- Assume best intent
- Remember that discipline means to teach.