Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978 Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
Children might not remember every time you decided to use a violent punishment, but they will remember that you chose to do it.
"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”
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WE’RE GOING DOWN DOWN INANULLIARAN
AND SUGAR WE’RE GOING DOWN SWINGIN’
I’LL BE YANUMBAWAH WITHABULLIN
ALLUDIGA CORNFLAKES COCKITENBOOLIT
I know i told myself i would work really hard to get good grades this semester but i have reached the point where i COULD NOT CARE LESS ABOUT THIS CLASS AND I CANNOT EVEN FIND A GOOD REASON FOR DOING THIS ASSIGNMENT. seriously, you let us off the hook the whole semester and then suddenly you throw in two surprise assignments, the second to last week of class??? Nahhh man i’m just going to sleep.
day 9,042 without a laptop
have officially run out of food, including peanut butter m&ms
one week until every final of my life is due