Some of the stuff talked about (with admiration, no less) in the customer reviews is terrible. Putting hot sauce on a child's tongue to punish lying, making them walk backwards in the mall to teach unquestioning obedience, making them stand alone in the middle of a room if they won't go to bed on time...
Pathetic. None of that will teach a kid anything. And I don't want kids growing up with the notion that they should obey all authority without asking questions. That's just scary.
If you can't get your child to go to bed on time, how are you going to get that same child to stand in the middle of the room?
I wondered that, too.
And the hot sauce thing just reminded me of an incident a week or two ago when I got into it on Facebook with some of my former students from the "Christian" school who have kids now. Several of them were discussing ways they punish their kids for lying. The consensus was that the best option is to make them drink liquid dish soap and memorize Bible verses. As if that isn't bad enough by itself, the kids they were talking about were 3 and 4 year olds. So I had to open my childless mouth and try to speak sense to them and explain that the abstract concepts of truth and lies are not really understandable to preschoolers and it is very possible that they don't even understand why they are being punished. So at that age, it would be better to talk about what the truth about the matter was and why whatever the child said wasn't true and punishment is really not appropriate. I didn't even mention that making preschoolers drink liquid dish soap is probably going to make them sick. But I sure heard what a fool I am and how I don't get it because I don't have kids.
Reading the reviews made me so angry. My mother occasionally used to pull out that crock of s**t about disobedient children not standing still while the parent rescued them from a snake/spider/deadly beast of some kind. It sounded like BS to me as a little kid, and still does.
Children are not made safer by mindless obedience. If I am five years old, there is a deadly spider crawling around on my shoe and my mother tells me to stand still, I will do it because I can hear danger in her voice. Not because I heard a command and automatically performed it. If I am five years old, however, and am told to get into a van with shaded windows to go see my grandparents and have pie, I will either go because I'm taught to obey without questioning, or not go because I hear danger in the stranger's voice. Teach your kids to recognize danger, not to be voice-activated robots.