Well, you know I'm going to snap, right?? This has been going around for a couple of days, and it's getting to me. REALLY getting to me. Not JUST the picture. But the ignorant comments that come with it.
"I had my ass beat, and I turned out okay". Well, no you really didn't. You became someone that believes that hitting someone 1/4 of your size, and who trusts you fully to protect them, is perfectly fine and acceptable. And not only that, you brag about it. So no. You're not "okay". You were damaged, and you're continuing the cycle of abuse that was done to you.
The fact is that children don't think much about what they say, at different times of their lives. Sometimes their (developmental) inability to put the thoughts and feelings of other before their own does come across as "bullying". Sometimes it comes across as being "disrespectful".
Hitting a child who is upset, or acting out is never the answer. Not ever. As adults, we have the ability to control our emotions, and our actions. Most children do not. It's taught over time, and if children never grow up seeing it in action, how the hell are they going to learn it?!
And, my final comment (before I go all bat-shit crazy), is that children have rights too. The right to feel safe, and to BE safe. The right to say no. The right to disagree with us. Children have the right to ACT LIKE CHILDREN. They have the right to live in a home where they're raised with love, not fear. Because fear does not create respect. It creates anger. And these blessings you were given deserve better than that.
Love them like you wish you were loved. Pretty simple.