I wander around supermarkets and watch harried young mums who had almost
no discipline themselves growing up having all sorts of trouble with 3
year old kids who rule them.
I listen to the arguments about how
badly a child's psyche will be damaged by a tap on the bum from a loving
parent trying to instil some measure of control. . .
I read the reports from the
Magistrates Courts that just get worse and worse . . .
and then I think of the RSM of an
Infantry unit who can control grown men using nothing other than voice
and force of personality . . .
and I think of the Sergeant and
Corporal Instructors who take 40 or 50 young civilians and turn them
into "nearly Diggers" in the worst 10 weeks of their young lives
without ever laying a finger on one of them; but they demand and get instant
obedience . . .
and I wonder, if the ARMY can teach
that degree of control to budding NCO's why can't someone teach it to
that young mum?