Tuesday, August 31, 2010


School starts tomorrow, so today I made one last trip down to Grandma's house while I still had time for the 2.5 hour drive. We sat down to watch Dr. Phil together in the afternoon. I choked a little bit when Dr. Phil used the word (?) "consequated". As in "the girl needs to be consequated for her actions."

What bothers me, I think, is not that he's making up words. It is that he is making up words so he won't have to use other, perfectly good words. Words like "punished" or "disciplined". Really, are those such ugly words? Crime and punishment is a fact in adult life. Why are we so scared to use those with regard to children? If we don't teach them crime and punishment as children, they'll have a rude awakening when they become adults. That's my soapbox for today. Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. He could have just said "the girl needs to face consequences for her actions" and that would have been no made up words and true.

    I actually disagree, though. I believe the Bible teaches us to discipline our children, but not just punish. Punishment implies no teaching is going on. Discipline implies they child is learning from it. If they are not learning from the experience, then it is fruitless, IMO. So I would think it's ok to avoid using "punish" and use discipline instead. Of course, "face consequences" would have worked too!


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