I found this article and thought it might be an interesting topic. There are a lot of parents on here and we all have different forms of disciplining our kids. I have to admit I've used hot sauce in my kids mouths for lying and cussing when they were younger. Never went as far as making them get a cold shower like this mom. My grandmother used to use soap on us kids and my mom moved onto Tabasco sauce with us. I went to work once at age 16 with my mouth swollen from a whole bottle of Tabasco (I made the mistake of laughing when my mom was pouring it on my tongue, and yep I LOVE hot spicy food now! lol) So what do you guys think? Is this mom over the top?
Is 'hot saucing' discipline, or abuse?
When does discipline cross the line into abuse?
Anchorage mom Jessica Beagley is facing child abuse charges after the "Dr. Phil" show aired video of her putting hot sauce in her 7-year-old son's mouth and forcing him into a cold shower, as punishment for bad behavior.
Here's a clip of her Dr. Phil appearance, but be warned: It's brutal to watch. The sound of her son screaming and sobbing as Beagley calmly administers this "punishment" is hard to forget.
Anchorage city prosecutor Cynthis Franklin says her methods were unreasonable. Beagley's lawyer, William Ingaldson, says she didn't do anything criminal: "Some people think spanking your child is wrong, and she doesn't even do that." (On the "Dr. Phil" show, Beagley said she tried spanking, but it didn't work, so she turned to hot sauce.)
While Beagley's case and the attention it's getting may be extreme, "hot saucing" is an accepted form of discipline in some parenting circles -- though a controversial one. One prominent supporter of the practice is Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair on the TV show "The Facts of Life" and is now a Christian parenting author and speaker.
"A correction has to hurt a little," Whelchel told The Washington Post. "An effective deterrent has to touch the child in some way. I don't think Tabasco is such a bad thing."
What do you think? Is "hot saucing" an acceptable discipline method, or child abuse?
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