By Marie-Aimée Cliche, W. Donald Wilson
At one time, using corporal punishment through mom and dad in child-rearing was once thought of common, yet within the moment 1/2 the 19th century this start to swap, in Quebec in addition to the remainder of the Western international. It used to be in this interval that the level of ill-treatment inflicted on children—treatment as soon as excused nearly as good child-rearing practice—was discovered.
This booklet analyzes either the recommendation supplied to oldsters and the several sorts of baby abuse inside households. Cliche derives her details from kinfolk magazines, experiences and suggestion columns in newspapers, people's existence tales, the files of the Montreal Juvenile courtroom, or even comedian strips. dates are given specific concentration: 1920, with the trial of the fogeys of Aurore Gagnon, which sensitized the general public to the phenomenon of "child martyrs;" and 1940, with the arrival of the hot schooling stream, which was once in keeping with psychology instead of strict self-discipline and non secular doctrine.
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To achieve this there had to be no hesitation in administering corporal punishment in sufficient doses to obtain total submission or, indeed, to break the child’s will. According to Miller, children treated in this way, being unable to express their anger and revolt against parents they loved and the loss of whose affection they feared, were reduced to repressing these violent feelings in their subconscious. Subsequently, if they were unable to recall their suffering and give it verbal expression, they would be in considerable danger of turning this violence against themselves in the form of masochism, mental illness, self-destructive drug use, or even suicide, or against others by inflicting on their own children or on others a treatment similar to what they themselves had suffered.
22:15) attest to both the antiquity and the legitimacy of the practice. The same tradition is found in Eastern countries. 3 With only a few exceptions such as Quintilian and Montaigne, Western advisers on parenting have long recommended that children’s misdemeanours be sanctioned with moderate corporal punishment to teach them the difference between right and wrong. In their eyes, such punishments did not amount to ill-treatment. They were, to borrow Eirick Prairat’s expression,4 a legitimate use of violence that had to fall within “reasonable” limits, a term that has varied considerably in meaning from period to period.
La Mère et l’Enfant was produced by a doctor who wished to reduce infantile mortality. La Famille and La Famille chrétienne both had priests as editors. The department store Le Bon Marché offered its customers the magazine La Femme. Le Coin du feu, and La Bonne Parole expressed the ideas of the earliest Quebec feminists. Finally, La Tempérance was a tool of the Franciscans in their campaign against alcohol. As can be seen from the titles, half of these magazines were meant for women and mothers and the other half for both parents, but none was aimed specifically at fathers.