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Spare the Rod...Spoil the Child

Spare the rod, spoil the child is the old adage proverb that most of us have been reared under into the tender years of being a youth, teenager and our adulthood lives. When the law tells us how to raise our children, most parents are highly offended for good reasons. To us, it is offensive and a major crossing of boundaries when the law says we cannot spank our children. On the same token, we are held accountable if their bad behavior causes problems with the law. Many times, we speak the words, “They can’t tell me how to raise my children. I will beat my child’s behind if they get out of line. I grew up getting whooping’s. That’s what is wrong with these kids now!” Although, we are within rights to hold on to the disciplines that birthed us into having morals and values like respect, responsibility, accountability, commitment, etc… there is a different side to the coin.

Unfortunately, not every parent loves their children in ways that are appropriate with the right nurturing, love, affection and meeting the mandatory needs of their children. Not all parents ensure security and protection for their children. There are so many parents who commit cruel and violent acts against their children. Many of these cases have resulted in continuous abuse for years and/or the loss of children’s lives.

These occurrences as outlined below have placed law enforcement and the Department of Child Protective Services officials in a peculiar situation to try to protect our children from these devastating effects. Maybe…just maybe it’s time for us to look at the other end of the spectrum related to this topic understanding that not all parents are good parents. Some parents have beat their children to the point of death, others have locked kids in closets and basements not returning back for days, while some have literally used thick chains and slave like antics as forms of punishments. Let’s stand together to help fight against child abuse. states that around 80% of child maltreatment (cruel or violent treatment) fatalities involve at least one parent as the perpetrator.

National Health Impacts

  • U.S. worst record amongst industrialized nations: loss of 4-7 children per day from child abuse and neglect.

  • 80% of 21 years that reported childhood abuse met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder.

Mental illness disorders are at a higher risk for:

  • Intimate partner violence

  • Alcoholism

  • Smoking and drinking at an early age

  • Depression

Sexual and reproductive health issues

  • Multiple sex partners

  • Unintended pregnancies

  • Adolescent pregnancies

  • Fetal death

  • Early initiation of early sex activity

Child Abuse Fatalities

2014 Georgia state agencies identified an estimated 1,580 who died as a result of abuse

Studies indicate significant undercounting of child maltreatment (cruel or violent treatment) by 50% or more. This is roughly one-fourth of your child’s elementary class.


Special Note: Average class size is 25 students. The estimation is there are more than (6) additional students (one-fourth) than what is reported per classroom that is a victim of maltreatment