The rattan has always been a good punishment tool to disipline children over here. It's about 3 feet in length, extremely flexible, makes a 'whoosh' sound when you hit the air with it and hurts like bloody hell.
Kids nowadays are bloody lucky, having never to getting subjected to this kind of punishment. Back then, about 20 years ago, I would always get caned for being mischevious, misbehaving and fighting with my older sister, Pinky Doodle Doo. The thought of our parents getting the rattan will send us scrambling for safety or instant tears.
To think about it, I got whacked quite a bit. The red welts left behind on our skin after each session would last for a day or so and it really really hurts. We would run round and round the dining table or ran around the house, garden and all just to well.. run from it.
Boys school got the brute of it mostly as this was a normal form of punishment for them. During assembly every Mondays, names would be announced and the poor boys would get it on their asses. We girls are exempted from this but of course now adays, schools are no longer permitted to use this form of punishment. Thanks to some over zealous teachers who 'over' use this and ended up injuring some students.
Sofa picture from here
If you ask me if this is inhuman and abusive and very wrong, I fear I might have to disagree. It's only all that when the teachers or parents abuse that power and end up injuring the child. Trust me there are times when I, myself feels like using the rattan stick to give some bratty, ill-mannered child a good whacking. The way they scream and shout at their parents in public makes my bloody boil.
But as parents we should understand and know that not all kids ought to be caned. I just simply can't imagine Elyn of Serendipity caning her daughter, Alexandra in this manner especially since Elyn's method of raising a child is pretty pro-western and not to mention Alexandra is matured beyond her years and gives Elyn no or little problems.
Ahh, what a weird topic to even talk about. Well, don't be horrofied by it, most of the people who gotten whacked in our younger days grew up to be pretty good people. We grew up not hating our parents for it but actually a little thankful for the lessons learned. Most of all, we grew up disiplined as well as respecting our parents and we grew up with funky stories like this to talk about and laugh. Of course, we weren't laughing then. Heh.
P.s: We got smarter in the end, we would hid the cane in places our mom could never find. Anyway this is just MY own opinion, obviously there will be people who would beg to differ. To each his own.