Sunday, July 31, 2011

Parental love


Mishlei 13:24 says, "One who spares his rod hates his child, and one who loves his child rebukes him when he is young."

The Malbim comments: "This [declining to punish] shows that his mercy for his son, which makes him unable to observe his son's pain, is more important to him than the benefit for his son. If so, he loves himself more than his son, and he hates his son."

(Malbim to Mishlei 13:24)

המצפה לישועה,

1 comment:

  1. In my experience of raising six children I found that mild corporal punishment (a slap on the hand or backside is effective and appropriate for children under the age of six. But once they reach gil chinuch they must be educated rather than punished.