I agree with Adrian Peterson's method of punishment. There. I said it. Might as well jump right in.
Before people jump down my throat, please reread the statement. Now this one: I don't agree with the severity of which the punishment was given. Now that we've gotten that out of the way...
We live in a society where kids are highly protected. Over protected. They can do no wrong and, when they do wrong, the retribution is such a tap on their waist that they barely come to terms with the wrong they've done. We've even come to protect them from losing and winning. Ever heard of the fifth quarter? It's where kids that don't get to play in the normal game get in for a few minutes for a meaningless quarter. There's no clock. No points are kept. Wait, what? Whatever happened to kids being happy that they're on the team or being pushed to improve so they can get into the actual game? They're not pushed because they're over-protected. Drives me nuts.
Back to Adrian. If you think his kids are the first to be beaten with a switch (or heel or belt, hahah), think again. It's what I knew growing up as well as many of my family and friends. I was so frustrated with being punished...but I tried my hardest to never repeat the same mistakes that got me in trouble because I was aware of how severe the consequences were. Mind you, I still got in trouble, but I truly believe that, if it hadn't been for me getting my butt beat every now and then, my skin would be a lot thinner and I would probably care less for consequences. My mother taught me to consider my actions because there was a price to pay for making the wrong choices.
Child abuse is not ok by any means. Teaching your kid right and wrong with a few pops? That's NOT child abuse. I completely understand if you disagree, however consider the culture you grew up in and consider mine before judging.
In Fula culture, two boys from different tribes take turns whipping each other. Neither boy can show any signs of fear or pain ie crying, wincing, etc. The crowd decides who is the bravest of the two. That boy gets to become a man. Do I think this is inhumane? Not at all. It's a culture we don't understand because we didn't grow up in it. I'm not asking anyone to condone the injuries that Peterson's two boys incurred. All I ask is that you consider the culture before you reach for judgment.