The Wooden Spoon

The Wooden Spoon

From Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul

The Wooden Spoon

Be ever gentle with the children God has given you. Watch over them constantly; reprove them earnestly, but not in anger.

Elihu Burritt

My son and daughter-in-law decided before their children were born that they would not spank. Both had been brought up with disciplinarian parents who believed in using the rod rather than spoiling the child.”

My granddaughter, Jessica, went to Montessori school for a year, and of course they are against corporal punishment as well. Her punishment was mainly time-outs.

One day little Jessica had pushed her mom as far as she could. Carrie was so upset she went to the kitchen and pulled out a wooden spoon from the drawer. Lifting it in the air she said, “Do you see this? This is what my parents used for me.”

Little four-year-old Jessica looked at her with big blue eyes. “They cooked you?”

Beverly Houseman

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