Beating children

King James Bible
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Were you spared the rod?

Christ no.

Do you find it to have been helpful in your life?

The only way I could really know is if I could go back and try youth over again without that experience, and then compare the two. My guess is no, it wasn’t helpful at all. My mother wasn’t smart. I realized by about age 10 that I was brighter than she was and her ideas of justice were rooted in her emotions. That said, I wasn’t abused or anything. I was hit a few times when I shouldn’t have been, but that happened more in school than at home. No complaints.