According to him, the naughty corner technique is a cruel and belittling technique that should NEVER be used on any child, no matter how bad he is behaving! This of course brought up a whole new discussion about his vs. my parenting styles, about our expectations of our children and about what our parents did with us while we were growing up.
According to him, because he never got punished (only reasoned with) while growing up, our kids should be treated the same way. "Discipline is important, but not in the form of naughty corners," he says.
I on the other hand, completely disagree. I believe that children's brains are not ALWAYS capable of understanding second changes, reasoning and prolonged discussions of what is right and wrong, discipline has to sting sometimes and that can mean the naughty corner, no TV, being grounded etc.
Between the both of us, he is the one making chocolate stuffed pancakes for breakfast, strawberry and sugar-filled smoothies as snacks, the "fun" parent who is always wrestling with them, scaring them and making them laugh. I am the one with the routine, fighting for bath time, healthy meals, bedtime, no TV time etc. I was the fun person with my nieces and nephews, never in a million years did I think I will be the serious one!