Dobson has gotten away with this pushing his doctrine of child abuse by hiding behind the Bible and using it to suit his own pleasures. The simple fact is that hitting children is violence and it is time to stop violence in families - not promote it. We have come to a point in our civilization that hitting animals has become illegal (rightfully so). It is now also frowned upon to hit wives and parents (rightfully so) and one would go to jail if you hit a child other than your own with the Almighty and sacred "rod". People who follow this dime store logic need to wake up and smell the coffee. He is a wordsmith. He seems to think that he has the right to speak for Jesus in how to raise up a child. He doesn't. Nope. He's just a bully who has the gift of the gab. Children will be much safer in the Christian world 20 years from now.
Dr. Dobson has opened my eyes to see the value of discipline for my child. I am a mother who has been giving many graces and not enforcing the rules strictly, which has been confusing for my small child. After reading chapter after chapter I repented of my lack of discipine in the child disciplining area and started a consistent pattern. My child is understanding the rules a lot more clearly and is falling in line.
Today, it is trully a "DARE" to discipline. I have also appreciated Dr. Dobson's continuous advice about loving children and caring for them deeply. He insists that discipline must be balanced with love in order for it to work.
My love for my child has grown because I see discipline as medicine and not as a dreadful thing to do.