This will be controversial, but remember that this is a recording of actual events. The ranch house where I lived growing up had a unique placement. The view to the valley and lake was spectacular. The middle pond, not more than 50 feet from the front door provided trout for dinner when that was on the menu, and by water's edge grew a graceful willow tree.
Now this willow tree provided twigs for flower arrangements, marshmallow roasting sticks, and switches for spankings. Yes, I did say spankings. If we were very naughty we had the priveledge of cutting our own switch. At first we would try and find the thinnest branch on the tree, but we soon learned that the smaller they were, the more they hurt. Mom had to administer most of the punishment because Daddy was gone so much, but he told us if Mom had to punish us, when he got home, he would also punish us for not obeying Mom.
* Most of us didn't need to visit the tree very often. But two of my brothers were ornery kids. When punishment came their way, they would put a Reader's Digest they had stashed away, into the seat of their jeans. Now the oldest brother would start to cry before the switch had even landed. He knew the sooner he cried, the sooner the swats would end. But my other brother was a stubborn rascal. He wouldn't cry for anything. He figured he could take it until Mom felt sorry for him and quit.
The punishment was always appropriate for the infraction. Now, I know in our current society, that this is not allowed. But we learned to respect our parents, and authority. We also learned that bad behaviour resulted in painful consequences. And we seem to be the better for it.
*NOTE--These were spankings, not whippings.
My folks believed in the Bible teachings regarding discipline.
God loves us too much to indulge our every whim
Hebrews 12: 5-7 “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? (NLT)