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Facts Of Life: Hot Saucing Your Kid, Creative Or Awful Punishment?

Coming across an article entitled: Mom Could Lose Kids Over Hot Saucing Punishment, the morning after a friend and I ourselves had a tongue scorching experience  with some extra spicy taco sauce, caught my attention. We’re both on the other side of 25 I myself wanted to pull out my own tongue and throw it on the floor to stop the burning of “one drop”–so my first thought was, ouch…what an awful punishment for a kid!

An Alaska mom faces child abuse charges after she forced her son to drink hot sauce — and footage aired on “Dr. Phil.” If she’s convicted, her adopted children could even be sent back to Russia.Jessica Beagley’s appearance on the show, in which she was seen punishing her son with hot sauce and a cold shower, has earned her a misdemeanor child abuse charge. And Russia’s Commissioner of Children’s Rights tells the NY Post that if she’s convicted, “there is quite a big chance” that both her adopted kids could be sent back to Russia, where they were born. Psychologist Henry Paul says “hot saucing” is indeed abusive, and the video of Beagley and her son is frankly difficult to watch.

My second thought was, as far as child abuse goes, while I oppose all forms it, I’d think there’s a certain hierarchy of arrestable offenses. Not every kid whose parent has physically assaulted them even potentially gets arrested. Clearly there’s a problem, and that fact has led them to Dr. Phil. Best course of treatment? Doubtful. But admittance of a problem is always the first step right?

The video is hard to watch:

It’s like she training a puppy or something. Rubbing his nose in his own poop or something. Children aren’t puppies but neither are  their imperfect parents. Her means of discipline may be far fetched, and most likely psychologically damaging, and in need of correction I’ll agree; but officials are considering throwing the book at her and removing her adopted children forever.

She didn’t even come up with the (nonviolent) idea herself.

Facts of Life alum Lisa Whelchel wrote about it in her book Creative Correction: Extraordinary Ideas for Everyday Discipline (published by Focus on the Family)


About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.


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