Alternative to Spanking
Many members of the American public deem it improper to spank children, as I have learned while whooping my son's misbehaving butt in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Therefore I have had to come up with another method to get my point across when my son throws his little tantrums and has one of his 'moments.'
One method that I have found particularly effective involves taking my child for a car ride and talking to them in a calm, rational manner.
I suppose the vibration from the car soothes their nerves, or perhaps the time away from any distractions such as TV, Video Games, Computer, IPod, etc. helps.
I cannot say for sure what it is, really, but it works. My son calms down and immediately stops misbehaving after our little car ride.
One more tip: Make sure you make eye contact often during the car ride so your child knows you mean business.
Here's a snapshot of our last ride together. Gotta' love these new cellphone cameras, right? So useful and convenient. . .
Sarcastic MySpace Comments Says, "Up Yours!"
This method works well with grandchildren, nieces, and nephews as well.