Someone posted this on Facebook today.
It seems innocent enough. “Oh, haha, kids these days, so disrespectful. In my day, my father would have gotten me good for mouthing off!
Except it doesn’t say that the author would have been punished. It doesn’t say that the author would have been grounded, spanked, placed in a naughty spot, or had privileges taken away.
No, the author says that they would not be here today.
I know that lots of parents joke about killing their kids. “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it,” is a well known saying. Most parents wouldn’t dream of harming their children like this. Most parents would never punish their children to death. But some do.
Let’s go in another direction for a minute.
What would you think if you saw this? Would you think, “Darn right, wives better respect their husbands, or they will get what’s coming to them!” Is it appropriate for a husband to punish his wife because she does not respect him, or she acted disrespectfully – even for a brief moment?
Of course not. That’s domestic violence.
I don’t see the difference between the two pictures. I don’t see how threatening to kill your kid – even jokingly – is okay, while threatening to kill your wife is not.
Maybe it’s just me. I don’t know. I hope it’s not just me.