"Spare the rod and spoil the child"?

ok, stupid question, but does this quote mean:

a) If you "spare the rod", you will end up with a spoiled brat

OR

b) you should "spare the rod", and be nice and spoil your child??

10 Answers

Relevance
  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    A

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 4 years ago

    There is a huge difference between spanking and abusing. The penitentiary research is skewed unless they also ask the same number of never incarcerated people. You could say that 95% of inmates were raised on Mother's milk. You set up rules and guidelines for your children. And they will always push to see just how much they can get away with. If the punishment is sitting in a corner or having Mommy talk to you, big deal. If the punishment involves a bit a pain, the child will think twice about breaking the rules next time. I think you could probably do a study and see that moral decay, violence in schools, disruptive classroom behavior and so on all became an increasing problem after the mahogany was removed from the Principal's office.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • Emm
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Option A.

    No discipline = Brat

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    it's a metaphore for not being afraid to punish your child when they misbehave. Without consequences for bad behavior, you child will end up spoiled and ill behaved. Thats it in a nut shell. It does not actually mean beat your naughty kid.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • 1 decade ago

    It means if you do not use corporal punishment to a misbehaving child the child will not learn from his actions.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    a

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    a

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    it is a dumb quote no matter which way you read it

    nobody should hit their children, it only teaches violence and that a bigger person can hurt a smaller person

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    it means that if you don't discipline (your) children, they will become spoiled brat

    • Login to reply the answers
  • dettom
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    A

    • Login to reply the answers
Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.