Kit Galdi: Safer discipline

April 11, 2014 

Regarding the March 29 letter “ Old-school therapy”: I must withhold my kudos for the old-time principal who used the “grab-the-hair, shake-the-head and paddle solution” to a misbehaving 4-year-old. I’m sure his timely response reduced the likelihood of a repeat performance, but such behavior has been known to result in unexpected bonuses, like concussions.

At the very least, this is an early lesson from an important adult on how to react to frustration. As the mother of six now in my eighties, I have found many effective, less life-threatening ways to straighten out little ones. Time-outs, withholding pleasures and meaningful talks are only the beginning. Sometimes it takes a little thought, common sense and sometimes planning. None of these are required for the child-rearing methods advocated by the letter writer.

Kit Galdi, Cary

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