By Marie-Aimée Cliche, W. Donald Wilson
At one time, using corporal punishment through mom and dad in child-rearing was once thought of basic, yet within the moment half the 19th century this start to swap, in Quebec in addition to the remainder of the Western international. It was once in this interval that the level of ill-treatment inflicted on children—treatment as soon as excused nearly as good child-rearing practice—was discovered.
This publication analyzes either the recommendation supplied to folks and the several kinds of baby abuse inside of households. Cliche derives her info from relations magazines, studies and recommendation columns in newspapers, people's lifestyles tales, the documents of the Montreal Juvenile court docket, or even comedian strips. dates are given specific concentration: 1920, with the trial of the fogeys of Aurore Gagnon, which sensitized the general public to the phenomenon of "child martyrs;" and 1940, with the arrival of the recent schooling circulation, which was once in response to psychology instead of strict self-discipline and spiritual doctrine.
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Mary stops for a moment, and then takes hold of the book again. Pretty soon the mother looks up and sees that Mary is still playing with the Bible. ” Mary takes away her hand for a moment, but is soon again at her forbidden amusement. By and by, down falls the Bible upon the floor. The mother rises in anger, and hastily gives the child a passionate blow, exclaiming, “There! ” The child falls upon the floor and fills the apartment with cries of resentment and anger, while the mother replaces the fallen volume, wondering why it is that her children did not obey her commands.
However, the author does have the merit of having tried to understand different temperaments and to adapt the style of upbringing to each, instead of recommending the whip indiscriminately. When a child appeared to be less perfect or well behaved than others, he suggested that the parents should show it more affection and compassion in order to help it improve, just as they would care for a child who was ill. This was advice that modern psychology would not disown. Finally, this author listed several biblical quotations in praise of children’s obedience, but never cited those proverbs that mention the use of the rod.
The avowed intention of the advocates of authoritarian child-rearing went beyond the desire to eradicate the child’s depraved tendencies. Their desire to tame or subdue the child has the appearance of a battle of wills, a struggle between parent and child in which no quarter could be given. ” Recommendations of severity were not restricted to works intended for parents. An item that appeared in La Patrie in 1910, entitled “L’éducation de la poupée,” showed a little girl re-enacting the events of her daily life with her doll: washing, dressing, lessons, visits, shopping, etc.
Abuse or Punishment?. Violence toward Children in Quebec Families, 1850-1969 by Marie-Aimée Cliche, W. Donald Wilson