A Spanking and a Growling

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Sunday, June 4, 1911: Went to Sunday school this afternoon. Carrie Stout was over this evening. Somehow she happened to stay so late that her mother came after her. Guess she got a spanking and maybe a growling also.

 Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Even though there have been previous diary entries about mothers using corporal punishment to discipline teens (see the February 25 entry where Grandma’s mother chased her with a stir stick)—I’m still in shock that parents apparently spanked teen-aged children a hundred years ago. And that the teens apparently accepted the punishment.

2 Responses

  1. Most of that change is in the last 50 years. Our three have been in their 40s in recent years… The environment when they were young was still much as it was earlier… the huge changes have been since then. Just returned from a week in Austin with grandson 7, granddaughter, 3 1/2. We had to learn all over how to ‘work with’ them… still don’t agree with a lot of the current approach, but have learned what it is!
    Very interesting topic to consider! ;-)

  2. Teenagers getting spanked was quite common not that long ago. Even teachers in high school spanked students. It just wasn’t such a big thing then.

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