Saucing

Hope - posted on 12/06/2011 ( 65 moms have responded )

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I am currently doing my folding while watching the Dr Phil show and a story just came on about saucing your children as a form of punishment. I had never heard of this and I am currently in shock. For those of you who do not know saucing is were you make the child have a mouthful of hot sauce when they have lied or done something wrong.

What are your views on this? Is it child abuse? Would you or have you done this?

Bearing in mind when the Dr Phil show looked into the laws in found that this did not fall into the lines of child abuse.

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Denikka - posted on 12/06/2011

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I agree with Jodi. Hot sauce can actually be dangerous. It's one thing to have it mixed in with food, it's another to not only be forced to drink it straight, but to hold it on your tongue.
I would prefer hot sauce (or any *edible* substance) over soap, but I would never use either on my child. I think it's absolutely cruel and there are SO many other things that can be done instead.

Jodi - posted on 12/06/2011

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I should add, that hot sauce can have a very dangerous effect on children. It is potentially harmful, so it is also endangering them physically. Hot sauce is hot because it contains hot peppers. The substance in hot peppers inflames the membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth, which can be potentially deadly in a young child.

Kimberly - posted on 12/06/2011

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Well when I was a kid I decied that it would be a smart idea to drop the f bomb in front of grandparents and other family, I got hot sauce on my tongue and I can tell you what....NEVER did that again!!!! LOL It burned like hell but I learned my lesson not to swear in front of my elders. I personally wouldnt do it to some one but I would take hot sauce over soap anyday. Oh ya it wasnt a mouth full it was a few drops on my tongue but that was enough

Jodi - posted on 12/06/2011

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Well, Niki, people said it is cruel and abusive because it is. It is a form of physical assault. No child should be physically assaulted, period. Mustard, soap, hot sauce, anything like that is abusive. Not sure why the LOL. It's not particularly funny.



That woman on Dr Phil that did the hot saucing and cold showers was charged and convicted of misdemeanor child abuse. I think that says it all. She was bloody lucky she didn't get jail time. She is also not the first to have been charged with some form of child abuse as a result of this as a disciplinary method (and I use the term *discipline* very loosely when referring to this).

Maree - posted on 12/06/2011

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I've just been watching that too...it's a repeat, i saw it several months ago as well.
I think it's all horrible,the cold shower,saucing,soaping,hitting....all of it.
I think it is very abusive. It isn't just that kids don't "like" the sauce but it would really hurt. I hate anything slightly hot and hot sauce would burn the crap out of my mouth.
I think if something is done to your child that you WOULD NOT or SHOULD NOT do to another adult then it is most certainly wrong to do it to a child

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 12/06/2011

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Oh no, not this debate again. Last time vinegar was brought up, along with soap as we know. Then mustard. People got angry. Said using mustard as a punishment is even cruel. 'What if the kids don't like mustard later?' LOL
People see this as child abuse. Cruel and unusual punishment, as you are forcing kids to eat things they don't like. Another lady said he daughter still ate mustard even though it's used as a punishment. Yada yada yada. Wonder what will come up now..........

Ashley - posted on 12/06/2011

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i think its just plan mean ... but honestly my kids would laugh at you if this were to happen to them they are like their daddy and LOVE hot sauce

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