Archive for May 22nd, 2013

Go To School – There’s A Nurse There

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

That’s what my Mom told me when I felt sick and didn’t want to go to school. She also told my grade school teachers, “If he misbehaves, make sure you punish him. Then, when he gets home, he’s going to get the wooden spoon.”

The dreaded wooden spoon! Now I don’t really remember getting hit much with the wooden spoon but the threat alone kept me good for a long time.  Things are much more complicated these days.

Jami Littlefield, 51, of Norwich, Connecticut was arrested and charged with third-degree assault when she paddled her 4-year old foster child with a wooden spoon.  The child struck her granddaughter, spat at her, and used a racial slur, according to the arrest document.

Littlefield was arrested after the girl’s biological mother noticed bruises on her daughter’s buttocks on a supervised visit. A medical staff  determined the girl’s contusions were caused by repeated strikes of a blunt instrument.  Littlefield plead guilty and now faces 100 days in prison and two years of probation.  The child was removed from her home.

Obviously the bruises suggest the foster-Mom lost control when she spanked the girl.  But something else bothers me here: the girl’s age is 4.  Aren’t there better ways to discipline a kid who’s old enough to go to school?  Pulling the plug on her computer, hiding her cell phone, or disabling her TV immediately come to mind.