Vlad, My grandfather came to the U.S. in 1910. My father, grandmother and 2 aunts joined him in 1920. So my dad was 10 before he saw his father for the firstMessage 1 of 35 , Jun 1, 2003View SourceVlad,
My grandfather came to the U.S. in 1910. My father, grandmother and 2 aunts joined him in 1920. So my dad was 10 before he saw his father for the first time. Dad told me that my grandfather would give a swat or two before he left the house to remind him to behave. And he also made him kiss the ground to recall that he would go back to the ground someday. I never saw this side of my grandfather and I always saw my father treat him with love and respect. Maybe this was my grandfather's way of exerting his authority over his only male child. My father never used corporal punishment with us - it was my non-Slovak mother who did the "honors". I still miss my grandfather and father.
> "Save the stick-spoil the child?"
> How was that?
> Do any of the members recall anything about harsh treatment of children in a family?
> Have any of the members been beaten or punished while young?
... More like an attempt to assert dominance. The alpha wolf thing. JankoMessage 35 of 35 , Jun 3, 2003View SourceAt 10:57 AM 6/2/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>On Mon, 2 Jun 2003 BJLK@... wrote:More like an attempt to assert dominance. The alpha wolf thing.
> > There are probably as many as there are parents who can invent creative
> > punishments. I was given wood chunks to kneel on (the kind that are
> > chopped for the fireplace or furnace with lots of splinters). I'm a little
> > surprised to see that "painful kneeling" seems to be more a common
> experience than I
> > ever imagined. Is this a downside of being brought up Slovak?
> > B. J. Licko-Keel (BJLK@...)
>Sounds like a downside of being brought up Catholic. :)