Stacie Duce, over at Mormon Times, recently related an experience in which a Nursery worker in one ward spanked someoneâ€™s child for being unruly.
I recently got a call from a nursery leader who went on vacation and came back to find her class had been a vortex of chaos in her absence. Actually, it wasn’t that bad. But her mild-mannered assistant, who grew up during an era when spanking was an appropriate form of schoolroom discipline, had swatted the backside of a perpetually aggressive nursery child.
In defense of the spanker, apparently, it worked. The boy settled down and the parents did not need to be disrupted from other classrooms in the church.
Spanking should be a decision left to parents. Period.
In a church setting, I do not believe that parents should expect Primary workers (Nursery or otherwise) to be their childrenâ€™s disciplinarians, nor do I think Primary workers should expect they shouldnâ€™t disturb the childrenâ€™s parents.
Parents have a responsibility to raise their children, and that includes disciplining them to behave properly in social settings. No one else should do this work for them.