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    Punishing Children with Hot Sauce

    I watched a "Dr. Phil" show a while back where a woman was punishing her child by pouring hot sauce in his mouth followed by a cold shower, for lying. This was taped by her daughter while the Mother was yelling at the boy child whom she adopted from Russia. It was difficult to watch not only for me, but the people in the audience.

    Since then, there has been an update. There has been all kinds of fall-out about this with not only the Media but Child Protective services. She is getting help from Dr. Phil and his people and that is the only reason she still has the child/children.

    Apparently, on the new update I learned that a lot of people punish children with hot sauce. It's likened to 'washing one's mouth with soap' in the days gone by.

    What do you think about this punishment?
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    Re: Punishing Children with Hot Sauce

    IF these children can come up with any punishment for their parents, which these "parents" will have to bear as well, then it may have some merit: how about tying the parents up and screaming in their ears for 24 hours. I am sure such a punishment will make these "parents" feel all happy and gooey inside.

    Idiotic punishment. Those who practice such a thing should not have children.
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    Re: Punishing Children with Hot Sauce

    I have heard of moms using it to stop their kids from sucking their thumb but not as a punishment. I never thought it was a good way for the thumb sucking either. I don't have a problem with the soap idea. My dad did it to me once and I never did that thing that caused it again.
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    Re: Punishing Children with Hot Sauce

    I've heard of kids being punished this way and of course it is abusive. The times I've heard of it, it has usually been accompanied by emotional abuse, making fun of the child's reaction. I think it may be worse than soap, not that I condone soap, but soap you can rinse out of your mouth pretty quickly, as long as you aren't made to swallow it. The effects of hot sauce are pretty terrifying if you aren't used to it and of course most kids don't like spicy foods. I think there are better ways to get a child to behave, the first and foremost being having a loving and respectful relationship with the child.

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    Re: Punishing Children with Hot Sauce

    Quote Originally Posted by sapphirec View Post
    I've heard of kids being punished this way and of course it is abusive. The times I've heard of it, it has usually been accompanied by emotional abuse, making fun of the child's reaction. I think it may be worse than soap, not that I condone soap, but soap you can rinse out of your mouth pretty quickly, as long as you aren't made to swallow it. The effects of hot sauce are pretty terrifying if you aren't used to it and of course most kids don't like spicy foods. I think there are better ways to get a child to behave, the first and foremost being having a loving and respectful relationship with the child.
    I agree.
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    Re: Punishing Children with Hot Sauce

    Some people are against this approach, and many are for it. Some believe that this is appropriate discipline, and some believe it is unreasonable and excessive.

    This is NOT discipline. This is a painful representation of our gross inability to handle our own feelings in the face of our children’s ways of being.

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    Re: Punishing Children with Hot Sauce

    this kind of "punishment" disgusts me. i heard of the hot sauce for thumb sucking too and never agreed with that either. i think the parents should be forced to swallow a whole bottle of hot sauce as punishment for doing that to their child. i'm sure they'd laugh then wouldn't they. ludicrous. this isn't punishing a child; it's absolute abuse. i agree with vautrin. these people shouldn't be able to be parents.
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