I actually know people who have put hot sauce in their children's mouth for lying. I don't agree with it but every parent struggles with how best to get their children to behave. This woman was trying to get her point across. I get that. Will the child do the right thing because he's been taught to do right or because he fears punishment? You may think it's the same but what about when he no longer lives at home and that fear of his mother is gone?
I don't have it all figured out. Not by a long shot. I do know that I want no harm to come to either of my children and inflicting it myself so it isn't inflicted by others does not seem like a reasonable solution. I am the minority amongst my friends when it comes to discipline. Most believe in spanking and other forms of physical punishment. I. Just. Can't. Do. It. Hearing that little boy crying in the cold shower (What the hell is that?) broke my heart. I want to be the one to comfort my children and let them know it will all be okay, no the one to cause their pain.
I know there will be times when they will be saddened by decisions I make and restrictions put on them, and they may cry, throw a fit, slam doors (that was my favorite as a kid) and yell how much they hate me, but they will never be heard crying from physical pain that I have caused. No. Matter. What.
I want to know the rest of the story on this. Who's idea was it to record and post online? If the person did it to show how bad things were maybe they (her daughter) should have stepped in. We haven't heard the last of this story. I hope the woman gets help and the children can grow up with loving, caring parents that find alternatives to physical abuse.