Would You Discipline Your Child with Hot Sauce?
Jessica Beagley, who recently became known as the mother who forced her son to swallow hot sauce and take cold showers, was charged with misdemeanor child abuse today by a court in Anchorage, Alaska.
Beagley first appeared on the “Mommy Confessions” episode of Dr. Phil in November 2010. During the segment, she shared a video that her 10-year-old daughter taped of Beagley disciplining one of her 7-year-old twin sons with the above-mentioned tactics. Even though she was not present in court, her team of lawyers pleaded “not guilty” on her behalf.
While some support the hot sauce method, such as former “Facts of Life” start Lisa Whelchel who advocates it in her parenting book Creative Correction, the majority of parents who saw Beagley’s video were shocked and horrified at her discipline tactics. A media firestorm has increased since November, causing parents to wonder how to discipline their children effectively.
I’m reminded of a time when I was 4-years-old and I was still sucking my right thumb. To get me to stop, my grandmother rubbed a chili pepper against my thumb. While my grandmother wasn’t being cruel or trying to discipline me, she chose a specific method to help me break a “bad” habit. Just one taste and needless to say, I never sucked my thumb again. Thankfully, I escaped childhood without being traumatized from chili peppers, but Beagley’s son may grow up fearing hot sauce.
No parent wants to resort to cruel and unusual punishments to stop misbehaviors. But even though some parents have the best intentions to discipline without yelling and spanking, no amount of time outs or distractions seem to work. We’re certainly not advocating for hot sauce or chili peppers as a means of tough love, but as parents, we want to hear your thoughts on discipline. How do you discipline your child in a positive way? What are some no-fail discipline tactics you use? What are the ones you would never use? Share in the comments section below.
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