spare the rod and spoil the child


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spare the rod and spoil the child

axiomatic admonition. [O.T.: Proverbs 13:24]
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Religious justifications are often cited for this, with the famous injunction spare the rod and spoil the child being the most commonly quoted authority for using the cane as a form of discipline.
THE popular saying ' spare the rod and spoil the child' rang true for a number of Pune parents last Saturday as they, unable to stop their belligerent teenage children from going on a booze binge, headed straight to the lathi- wielding police for assistance.
There's a bundle of truth in the saying from the Victorian period, spare the rod and spoil the child.
So Kwaku got four pages in New African to enlighten us (particularly the non-Londoners) about youth-on-youth violence in London (NA, Aug/Sept, Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child).
SPARE the rod and spoil the child, people once said.
The proverb "spare the rod and spoil the child" certainly comes to mind.
That generation weren't all angels, but we always knew when to draw the line - 'spare the rod and spoil the child' kept us in line.
"Spare the rod and spoil the child" is certainly not politically correct today.