About Amish. Saloma Miller Furlong's Blog. On November 6, Dr. Below is my response to these articles. If I imagine the view of God in the Middle Ages, He sits on his His throne up in the heavens, watching for someone to sin, and then sends a bolt of lightening to strike that person down. Perhaps the persecution they endured explains why the Amish religion is still so punitive today. I had never heard the folding hands for prayer indicator of when a child is old enough to be corrected, but my severe grandmother had a similar one when she claimed that when a child is aware enough to put a comb to its head, then the child is old enough to be spanked. Many of the comments concerning Dr. There are many ways to correct a child — spanking being only one of them. The manner in which we do that is important in conveying the values we want to instill in our children.
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Breaking Amish got one thing right. The Amish are a widely misunderstood group of people with customs and rules that continue to baffle the English to this day. What technology do the Amish use and do Amish people have cell phones are among the most asked questions when it comes to trying to understand this community. I just want TWO minutes. But Amish parents have different rules when it comes to parenting. Even Steve Jobs is notorious for not wanting his kids to grow up with their noses stuck to an iPad, so maybe the Amish are onto something?
In the piece, Kraybill explains why Amish use physical punishment to discipline children, citing an Amish mother named Hannah:. Hannah explained that, when children are about two years old, their wills need to be broken. The article has been getting some interesting responses. Not everyone in the comments section agrees with the Amish approach to corporal punishment, or even has a favorable opinion of the Amish, for that matter. Some of the commenters say that they do not or did not use physical discipline with their own children, for example favoring time-outs instead. At the same time a number of responders commend the Amish approach. Amish feel that spanking must be done with the right motives and state of mind, as Kraybill explains:. Parents are quick to say, however, that spanking and other forms of physical discipline should never be done in anger or frustration.