Anyone who regularly reads my blog will notice that I’ve changed to another theme, which looks a lot better if I do say so myself. This new theme is much more flexible. I’ve also added several plugins which will be noticable by some. When reading posts now you can see other topics that may (or may not) relate to the topic your reading. “Related topics” are at the bottom of each topic page (click comment if you’re lost). Another new feature is the subscribe (which was covered yesterday). Some of the other new things are the “About the Author” page and “syndication” on the sidebar. I’ve also added a few more blogs to the blog list (Amber’s Journal, Catherines Blog, and NedNil.com). Also Gravatars are now supported for those who actually leave comments. I guess now is a good time to mention that registration is free — so please leave me some comments.
Now, on to more important things. I guess it’s time for a life lesson, as I will call them. I was reading the news as I always do and came across this lovely new video on how spanking you kids, as done by a researcher, can leave your kids “scared for life” (in my own words). These kids grow up to be more violent, the study (or really I think the guy promoting the study) says. I’ve already alluded to some Biblical truth to discipline, but maybe I wasn’t so narrow on what kind of discipline actually works. In this politically correct — or should what’s correct be called incorrect? — world we live in, we’re told that spankings is some sort of “cruel and unusual punishment” to the child. This is extremly far from the truth. This lie has paved the way into a huge part of a generation that is wicked and won’t do what their parents say, being rebellious. As much as the world would like to say these are “common” for people coming through their teenage years — it’s not (totally). Children need disciplining — physically. What’s the most damaging type of abuse to a child isn’t physicall — it’s verbal. Verbal abuse can leave deep scars (even if they weren’t meant). Spankings, or whippings as we call them, may cause temporary marks, but they leave a lasting impression of what to and not to do. Unless the parent isn’t spaking the child out of love or telling them why their getting spanked, the child will grow up to be a fine young man or woman. This, of course, means that the child also is taught godly principles (which seem to be lacking in many homes today — church attendance is there, but teaching is not). There must be times where BOTH parents are interactive with their kids. And that’s not turning on the TV for a movie every night. This also means that parents, themselves, need to learn how to control their selves — don’t comit adultry (this DOES include lusting; it is adultry), leave your kids, work all the time, cuss, or anything else that kids DO pickup (in other words: all parental habbits that are bad). After being raised in a home where spankings were done, I’m proud to say I was disciplined and learned right from wrong at home.