Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Punishments from a Parent's World

The other day, as I helped my son with his word search homework, it occurred to me that if prisoners were forced to do word searches, lawyers might consider it cruel and unusual punishment, especially if said prisoners were suspected terrorists held off the coast of Cuba. Then I thought of all the ex-cons who keep going back to prison. Apparently, the thought of living with a bunch of murderers and rapists isn't enough to keep them from coming back. Maybe we need to change the sentences. Just imagine a judge saying one of these:
  • I sentence you to read every edition of Thomas the Tank Engine every day for the next ten years.
  • I sentence you to five years as a passenger in a driver's education vehicle.
  • I sentence you to live in a cell carpeted with Legos.
  • I sentence you to wait in an emergency room for twenty years.
  • I sentence you to ten years of potty training.
  • I sentence you to three hours a day of word searches.
  • I sentence you to paint a room with the help of six kindergarteners.
What do you think? Are these punishments too much? Or would they be considered unconstitutional?

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  1. I would not choose to go back to prison to face any of those sentences! Although, I might have to add "helping an 'emerging' reader through their homework reading for hours and hours and hours."

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    1. That's true, Danae. The first reading homework can be a killer. I've had a similar experience with a child who struggled with math. It's really hard.

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  2. I must confess that I love word searches. But the rest? Great plan!

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    1. Are you one of those people who buy the word search books? The fact that people buy those just boggles my mind.

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    2. Yeah...it's been awhile since I have, but I do love them. My brain is really good at scanning a page and picking something out. It's easy for me to just know a certain page is being read aloud in the scriptures and instantly pick out which verse you're on.

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  3. ten years of potty training. NOOOOOOOO!

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