"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??

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  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    A

  • 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.

  • Emm
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Option A.

    No discipline = Brat

  • 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.

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  • 1 decade ago

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

  • 1 decade ago

    a

  • 1 decade ago

    a

  • 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

  • 1 decade ago

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

  • dettom
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    A

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