Spare the Rod…

adrian peterson

Spoil the child?

I have long angered religion/biblical enthusiasts with my interpretation: you (should) spare the rod and therefore spoil the child. Imagine that! I don’t think that spoiling is wrong; in my opinion, children should be cherished. What I do not promote is spoiling them to a point that they become “rotten” and do not learn to appreciate what is given and shared. That said, I do not want to get too off topic.

Child abuse. NFL halfback Adrian Peterson. Peterson has been indicted on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child and faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty. Over the summer, he disciplined his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a wooden switch/ tree branch (it is unclear) that reportedly left scars, open wounds and welts. Pictures circulated that I have not seen and I have not looked for them because I don’t want to see them.

Peterson was reinstated by the Vikings earlier today…it’s a family issue, let the courts decide. I’m sure that there are many fans who do not give a damn as long as kick-off is on time. Some have called it a “teachable moment.” Others believe that it is a cultural/generational difference dependent upon how you were raised. So how do we feel about it?

This is the third NFL-related post that I have made in the last month. I DON’T EVEN WATCH FOOTBALL. But these players have made themselves targets, more so than usual.

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